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An Election without controversies? Are we mad?

April 28, 2017 By

Rhion Jones has been following the Air Quality court case Am I the only one struggling to understand the thinking behind avoiding controversies at the time of elections? In last…

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FREE Event (Belfast): ‘Best Practice Consultation – raising standards across these islands’

April 27, 2017

Stratagem, in partnership with The Consultation Institute and in association with AECOM, is hosting ‘Best Practice Consultation – raising standards across these islands’. This free morning event will bring together practitioners…

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How does purdah work for government departments during a consultation?

April 26, 2017 By

Government departments are now in purdah. For most of them this means that many of their on-going consultations should go ahead but no new public consultations should be launched. Earlier…

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When political parties promise

April 25, 2017 By

The case for putting public consultations on a proper Statutory footing The classic complaint of the British voter is that politicians only listen when they are asking for votes. ‘We…

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A manifesto commitment to better public engagement?

April 21, 2017 By

Rhion Jones proposes an Office of Public Consultation Manifesto-writers will be busy this weekend. If they follow previous form, they will commit to consult on many of their proposals that…

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Making the most of Purdah!

April 19, 2017

The country is preparing to go to the polls again. For Local Authorities and the NHS this means that many controversial decisions will be put on hold as the doctrine…

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Health Select Committee launches inquiry into STPs

April 13, 2017 By

Earlier this week we received word that the House of Commons’ Select Committee on Health had launched an inquiry in the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). This news got…

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Referring consultations to the Health Secretary: what actually happens?

April 12, 2017 By

The tension in relationships between councillors and health commissioners is never more evident than in the run up to local elections. We can hardly blame politicians for acting politically, so…

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The NHS ‘Next Steps’ paper – and its implications for consultation and engagement

April 7, 2017 By

The NHS in England has published its ‘Next Steps’ document, taking stock of progress against the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) and charting the way forward. It is an intimidating…

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