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Improve the Cabinet Office Principles! – The Institute presents evidence to the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee investigating the new Cabinet Office engagement and consultation Principles

It’s probably true to say that we were all taken by surprise when the Cabinet Office suddenly produced its new set of Principles in July. The Institute certainly was not aware … and we are yet to meet any of the Whitehall Departmental Consultation Co-ordinators who had advance notice.

But, in hindsight, there were many telltale signs, and it has been clear for a long time that Ministers and Civil Servants were uncomfortable with what they saw as an over-bureaucratic process – and were incensed at having lost some judicial reviews.

 

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About the Author

Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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