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Mind your language…

September 4, 2019 By

Every profession spawns a unique vocabulary, often supplemented by acronyms and initialisations bewildering to an outsider. Attend a meeting of Health Professionals and you will be bombarded by a complex…

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Happy Birthday, Biggleswade

September 4, 2019 By

Ten years ago today, the Institute opened the doors of its new, purpose-built Centre of Excellence at Biggleswade The Consultation Institute had been run from a very traditional office in…

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Memo to Boris …if in doubt, consult

August 30, 2019 By

Walter Bagehot – still the most quoted authority on the British constitution – summed up the monarch’s role with the words ‘the right to be consulted, the right to encourage,…

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Airspace legal challenge strengthens CAA’s hand as airports move towards public consultations

August 30, 2019 By

Against a background of Heathrow’s third Runway proposal, climate change activists flexing their muscles and an intensifying debate about the future of the aviation industry, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)…

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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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