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When the Coalition Government started using the word Localism, a few years ago, there weren’t too many critics. It isn’t easy being against Localism; it’s a bit like being opposed…Read more
We all know that consultation comes in many forms, and that there are as many dialogue methods as there are consultancy firms with the creativity to invent a new one.…Read more
Hands up who feels really well-informed about the European market for horse-meat? Maybe not too many of us – but certainly rather more than did so three weeks ago! One…Read more
Counting signatures – Was the Roman Catholic Archbishop right to call the Equal Marriage consultation a sham?
Happy New Year! Those who woke up on Christmas Day expecting our Churches to be promoting peace and harmony might have been surprised to hear Archbishop Vincent Nichols make a…Read more
Constructive Consultation – How can we make the act of dialogue a more positive process with constructive outcomes?
One of the frequent arguments against public and stakeholder consultation is that it often produces negative reactions to reasonable plans that public authorities wish to implement. Worse, it acts as…Read more
Anyone reading Robert Francis’ massive Report into the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital Scandal(1) will surely be appalled at the widespread failures which meant that hundreds of patients suffered whilst Regulators and bureaucrats vacillated.…Read more
When stakeholders seem too close… – It is not only Regulators that can be criticised for being too close to some of their consultees
Last week’s Radio Four programme File on Four was called ‘Taxing questions’ and looked critically at HMRC’s recent activities in engaging openly with key stakeholders. Two current situations were dealt…Read more
In July 2012, the Cabinet Office produced a new set of Consultation Principles, intended to replace the 2008 Code of Practice, and put into effect immediately. Many established stakeholder organisations…Read more
Consultation has always been a formal process within a wider environment of public engagement. No-one has ever suggested that we have to declare a consultation before a public debate can…Read more