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The Government’s new Principles – How useful are the Government’s 2016 Consultation Principles?

February 8, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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In praise of excellence – Is there any real benefit to being outstandingly good at consultation?

January 8, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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Summing up the Options – A recent Judicial Review highlights the problem when the numbers don’t add up

January 8, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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Consultation ‘after the event’ – Can it ever be right to use consultation to seek support for a decision you’ve already taken?

December 8, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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Consultation as pantomime – It’s the season to reflect on the similarities between consultation and a good old-fashioned Pantomime!

December 8, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

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.…

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Pinch-points – Effective planning of a public consultation needs to take proper account of the known challenges inherent in the process.

November 8, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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English Devolution – The Democratic Deficit

November 4, 2015 Briefing Note

Introduction In a world of ever decreasing budgets and deep cuts to core services, “Devolution” is seemingly the biggest opportunity for local government. Local government is right to seek greater…

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Governance matters – We pay too little attention to the governance of public consultation

October 8, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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The dash for devolution – Are changes to local government in England and Wales the latest examples of ‘too little and too late’ consultation

October 8, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

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…

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