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Why do they keep coming? – So far in 2014, there have been 10 significant Judicial Reviews on consultation? Why is this happening?
The way the law should work – it is a self-learning system. Once a decision has ruled effectively on a certain set of situations or arguments, everyone should follow suit,…Read more
When the Supreme Court rules on an important question of law, the general expectation is that it should provide a definitive settlement of disputed arguments – the last word on…Read more
A Consultation Ombudsman? – Is it time to consider a new way to settle disputes about public consultations?
At various times in the last fifty years, Governments have responded to pressure to handle complaints of various kinds by setting up a range of Ombudsmen. Including the devolved administrations,…Read more
What’s needed to make our creaking system work better? The Institute’s 2014 Conference theme is The Power of the People. Its potential is truly awesome. In North Africa, or in…Read more
Participation postponed! – To what extent should public consultations be deferred until after next year’s General Election?
The idea of ‘purdah’ is not new, and in a Tuesday Topic earlier this year, we argued that it was being over-interpreted and in danger of stifling debate on important…Read more
The power of the (Scottish) people Have we just witnessed a classic example of effective consultation?
Referendums – rightly – have their critics, but as the top-end of the consultation spectrum we can surely look to the events of last week and try to see what…Read more
London has witnessed a great deal of controversy in recent months as the Government sought to resolve long-standing financial and associated problems in the NHS in South London. A year…Read more
A tale of two cases – Two High Court judgments on the pre-determination of consultation – within a week
Court cases are very seldom lost on the mechanics of a public consultation. But increasingly, dissatisfied consultees are challenging public bodies by alleging that the consultation is a sham and…Read more
After the consultation … – A preview of the Institute’s new set of ‘Implementation engagement standards’
So the consultation is over; the data is analysed; feedback has been published and a final decision has now been taken. For those whose lives are much involved with the…Read more