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Legal challenges add to Councils’ governance risks – says NAO

February 15, 2019 By

Last month’s National Audit Office report on Local authority governance makes scary reading. At a time when Councils in England have suffered a 29% real-terms reduction in spending, the NAO…

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How nice should you be to campaigners and consultees?

February 8, 2019 By

They can be among your fiercest critics. Or worse. They can appear hell bent on disrupting the consultation you have painstakingly organised. Opponents of proposals contained in public consultations vary…

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Going the extra mile!

February 5, 2019 By

The part consultation plays in mitigation strategies We have all learnt to be a bit careful believing what we read on the side of a bus! But what struck us…

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Consultation and the NHS Long Term Plan

January 18, 2019 By

Councils committed in NHS England’s new blueprint The main thing to note about the much-vaunted Ten-year-plan for the NHS in England is that it confirms an existing direction of travel…

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Macron in France explores The Politics of Consultation…

January 17, 2019 By

President launches nationwide consultation. We can’t be absolutely certain that President Macron has been reading The Politics of Consultation, but someone clearly has. In a textbook response to a political crisis,…

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Deadline fast approaching: PD rights allowing change of use could remove public consultation

January 11, 2019 By

14 January was the deadline for responses to the Government’s consultation on its policy paper Planning reform: supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes, which proposes…

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Consultation challenges for 2019

January 8, 2019 By

How the current environment affects the way we will engage with stakeholders As we enter 2019, there are lots of worried people around. Parliamentarians scurrying about like headless poultry. Councillors…

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In case you missed it…

January 3, 2019 By

The 20 most popular articles from Institute Directors in 2018 When the weekly Consultation Institute newsletter is distributed on Friday afternoons, we can monitor how many clicks each article receives.…

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Is there a ‘magic moment’ for consultation?

January 3, 2019 By

As managers and consultors across the globe will acknowledge – it is hard to please everyone during a public consultation. We frequently have questions from clients across sectors regarding that…

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