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Who wants to be consulted?

February 21, 2017 By

What exactly is the appetite for public consultations? And what is the civic-duty syndrome? We don’t often ask people if they want to be consulted. There are many reasons for this:…

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Devolution for Warrington – which way to turn?

February 16, 2017 By

Residents of Warrington look at least three different ways. To Manchester, Liverpool, and south to Cheshire. English Devolution obliges Councils to figure out whose organisation to join… and it is not…

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Beware a wholly inadequate definition of ‘consultation’

Beware a wholly inadequate definition of ‘consultation’

February 16, 2017 By

If you are among the couple of thousand public engagement professionals in the UK, wrestling with a serious public consultation from time to time, you may well be intrigued –…

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Failure to consult Councils a key argument in today’s ‘Help Refugees’ Court challenge

February 10, 2017 By

Rhion Jones comments: “The Dubs amendment controversy goes to the High Court. Following the Home Secretary’s announcement that the number of unaccompanied refugee children will be lower than expected, attention switches…

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What do a GP consultation and a public consultation have in common?

February 8, 2017 By

Regular listeners to Radio 4’s TODAY programme on Tuesday morning may have heard an interview with Professor Helen Stokes Lampard of The Royal College of General Practitioners. She claimed that…

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Infrastructure Planners hear our analysis of post-truth public consultations

February 8, 2017 By

Yesterday I spoke to 120 planning/development specialists at Waterfront’s annual Infrastructure Planning Forum. I used it to share the Institute’s analysis that there is a sea-change in the public’s view…

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Winner takes all …  

February 7, 2017 By

Public consultations and the numbers game For years, there has been an argument as to how much reliance to place on the statistical results of a pubic consultation. With respondent…

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Gatwick act on noise in a HUGE Airport Consultation week!

February 6, 2017 By

Tuesday I spent at Gatwick’s Noise Management Board Public Meeting in a week that sees two massive aviation consultations launched – see here & here –  but it’s all about…

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Public consultations – in defence of nuance!

January 24, 2017 By

Are car drivers too scared to look under the bonnet? Those who found Donald Trump’s Inauguration speech last Friday distasteful have been dismissed as part of the political classes that…

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