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Reopening consultation- might Camden Council be about to learn a lesson in the risks of taking views a second time?

January 24, 2022 By Article

Camden Council have not long reopened consultation on the draft of their West Hampstead Interchange Site Allocation Local Plan. The original consultation ran from 13th February to 27th March 2020,…

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Dual mandates, voter ID, and an independent elections authority- tinkering with democracy without consultation

January 21, 2022 By Article

One of the stories that fell by the wayside this week was a quiet Government u-turn on a somewhat controversial issue that in other times would likely have garnered far…

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The Week in Parliament

January 21, 2022 By Article

Unbelievably things have been happening in Parliament other than the Prime Ministers ongoing trials and tribulations (the denouement of which, due to a reasonable performance at PMQs and a defection…

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The Week in Parliament

January 14, 2022 By Article

In answer to the question I posed in the first paragraph of my pen-penultimate Week in Parliament last year, the answer seems to be yes. It would be a most…

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“The quintessential consultation case”- Police follow firefighters and judges in challenging government pension plans

January 14, 2022 By Article

For the last twelve years, various Governments have been trying to deal with the challenging issue of public sector pensions. The process started with the Hutton report in March 2011…

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A second bite of the worm- Scottish fisheries case back in court for rare appeal

January 14, 2022 By Article

Almost a year ago to the day we wrote about a challenge to the Scottish Government’s decision not to implement a new inshore fisheries pilot scheme in the Highlands and…

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Forecasting public consultations in 2022

January 10, 2022 By Article

The COVID pandemic has made fools of many forecasters. This time last year, we based our assumptions on optimistic expectations that widespread vaccination would herald a gradual return to normality…

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Consultation straight out of the gate- North Shropshire’s new MP finds a cause with impact assessments

January 7, 2022 By Article

16th December last year saw the by-election in North Shropshire prompted by the resignation of the former cabinet minister Owen Paterson (elements of which we discussed here). The election, in…

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One year on from Brexit- the consultation review

January 7, 2022 By Article

On 31st January this year it will be one year since Britain left the European Union. It’ll also be a month since the new customs and borders provisions took effect.…

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