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Latest SEND Court judgment helps no-one … and may undermine the statutory duty to consult parents

April 18, 2019 By

They are now coming thick and fast. Legal challenges by parents to Council decisions to make changes to the provision of services for those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities…

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Pooh-poohing Purdah

April 18, 2019 By

With an extract from The Politics of Consultation Right now, with Council elections taking part in 248 English local authorities, and with on/off European elections in the offing, there is…

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Check out our latest Topical Videos

April 12, 2019 By

We realise that many Institute members and friends have very little time. So, in case you’re not aware, here are some genuinely useful short videos that can help you keep…

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Building the e-Learning course on Consultation and Public Events…

April 11, 2019

We asked Elizabeth Gammell, who is the author of the new e-learning package on Consultation and Public Events, about the Institute’s new offering. Why is this a priority subject? Don’t people…

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Sesimic Gaps in the Online Harm consultation

April 11, 2019 By

This is one of the most far-reaching consultations for a long time, so we asked Fraser Henderson, the Institute’s respected specialist on online issues to look at the detail. Here…

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Legal pitfalls for over-enthusiastic prospective councillors

April 10, 2019 By

With thousands of hopeful candidates standing for election this May, it is a good time to give them a reminder to take care with any commitments they make, which could…

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Can consultation help you balance the books?

April 9, 2019 By

Tuesday Topic 347 Recent controversies over SEND services illustrate the challenge facing local Councils Only some of our local Councillors face local government elections next month. Be thankful you’re not…

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Is the Public Meeting dead?

April 9, 2019 By

A number of consultation managers, bearing scars from public meetings which have been less than satisfactory, may well wish the answer was “Yes!” However, it would be wrong to consign…

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Knife-crime consultation will impact Councils, NHS, Police and others … or will it? A questionnaire is not enough!

April 5, 2019 By

Were it not for BREXIT, this would have been the big story of the week. Theresa May probably wishes it was. Which is why, just maybe, a consultation about more…

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