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In 2012, the Coalition Government took us all by surprise and tore up the 2008 Code of Practice on consultations and replaced them with a hastily-drafted set of Principles. Practitioners…Read more
Thirty years ago, an American management consultant from McKinsey became rich and famous when he wrote a series of best-selling business books, starting with In Search of Excellence. His name…Read more
Summing up the Options – A recent Judicial Review highlights the problem when the numbers don’t add up
Lambeth Council has just lost a Judicial Review in a case that holds lessons for many of us involved with pubic consultations. The story is about a social housing development…Read more
Consultation ‘after the event’ – Can it ever be right to use consultation to seek support for a decision you’ve already taken?
Over the weekend, the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn wrote to party members to ‘consult’ them about their opinions on the difficult issue of whether or not the…Read more
Consultation as pantomime – It’s the season to reflect on the similarities between consultation and a good old-fashioned Pantomime!
Oh No it isn’t! Well, just for once, let’s admit that many public consultations have about them the sense of a mild farce – if not a classic English pantomime.…Read more
Pinch-points – Effective planning of a public consultation needs to take proper account of the known challenges inherent in the process.
Consultations have been organised for years. True, a lot of expertise has haemorrhaged away through successive redundancies and reorganisations, but Public services in the UK employ thousands of competent people…Read more
Organising a public consultation on any significant scale requires project management skills. It is a project, with the need to co-ordinate a range of different activities, both sequentially or in…Read more
The dash for devolution – Are changes to local government in England and Wales the latest examples of ‘too little and too late’ consultation
Ever since Gladstone was called an ‘old man in a hurry’, there has been scepticism of politicians moving too quickly and overlooking the benefits of consultation in their anxiety to…Read more