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Co-production in a non-contact environment

May 21, 2020 By

We’ve written previously about co-production, its role and increasing prominence in engagement and consultation through policy and practice and last week we had an online Wednesday Wisdom session on the…

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A heavy hitting consultation or the easiest diet in history?

May 21, 2020 By

As it’s a bank holiday weekend, I thought we’d take a quick look, external to the regular Week in Parliament, at something else that cropped up this week and caused…

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The Week in Parliament

May 21, 2020 By

Consultations in Parliament it turns out, are like buses, you go weeks without any and then a whole bunch of them turn up at once. Even more amazingly, only three…

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Responding to the climate emergency – who are the key stakeholders?

May 20, 2020 By

The UK is currently at the forefront of this growing ‘climate emergency’ campaign as many local authorities, universities, NHS trusts and various organisations, such as engineering and energy firms, have…

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Is there a climate change benefit from lockdown?

May 20, 2020 By

Global carbon emissions are likely to see their steepest fall this year since the second world war, according to researchers who say coronavirus lockdown measures have already cut them by…

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Gov’s plan for back to school: teachers weren’t consulted

May 18, 2020

Teaching unions have called the government’s plan to open schools ’flawed and unworkable’, adding that teachers were never consulted. Education professionals expressed their astonishment at the Department of Education, Sports…

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Guest article: Public consultation during Lockdown – learnings & predictions

May 14, 2020

We are currently facing an oxymoron in our working lives – a state where there is ‘a new normal’ and at the same time, where everything is changing. Public consultation…

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COVID-19, the environment and democratic freedoms: a cautionary tale from a Canadian province

May 14, 2020 By

In April 2020, in an interesting case for public engagement and environmental protection, Ontario passed a new regulation in response to the COVID-19 crisis, effectively suspending public consultation under Ontario’s…

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The Week in Parliament

May 14, 2020 By

For a couple of weeks I have been confidently predicting that we are due an upswing in mentions of consultations in Parliament as we move out from the more desperate…

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