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Consultation – Is it OK to start all over again?

August 20, 2019 By

There are a range of circumstances where a consultation takes place but then it becomes necessary to repeat the task. A County Council consults on a reconfiguration of services and is…

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Finally…food for thought!

August 20, 2019 By

How seriously are we considering the VERY big issues? Three years ago – with the Referendum aftershocks still resounding, we speculated whether the BREXIT planning period would usher in a…

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Are you getting the right people in the room?

August 14, 2019 By

In a number of organisations, the days of turning up to a meeting to be greeted with a consultation document complete with options, a questionnaire and timetable (ambitious as it…

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‘Vexatious’ bid to see consultee responses on Fire Safety

August 9, 2019 By

Ministry refusal to disclose rejected by the Information Commissioner. Another story from the category marked ‘Surely this cannot have happened?’ On 8th May 2018, just three weeks before the Grenfell…

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The rising fear about options appraisal

August 8, 2019 By

Over the last 10 years there have been several legal cases challenging the consideration of options by public bodies. In R (ex parte Bokrosova) v London Borough of Lambeth, the…

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NHS learns to defend legal challenges to service transformations

July 31, 2019 By

Are there signs that the NHS is learning how to defend challenges to the lawfulness of its service change consultations? Recent days have suggested that this may indeed be the…

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Boris – comedian or chameleon?

July 24, 2019 By

How consultative a Prime Minister will Boris become? Are there clues in his previous record? In fact, there is one really big one …. Boris Johnson had expressed his view…

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Another Summer of consultation Court judgments?

July 19, 2019 By

This time last year, we had a rush of important Court judgments on the Law of Consultation. On one day alone, August 3rd, 2018 the results of three legal challenges…

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When options are more apparent than real

July 17, 2019 By

When Buckinghamshire decided to close over half its children’s centres, campaigners went to the High Court to fight a Judicial Review. This week, they lost, and the Council won its…

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