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Public service planners are facing a very awkward dilemma. If they adopt an optimistic view of available public expenditure – and assume a slow return to economic growth, they can…Read more
Public consultations are beginning to play a rather different role in some organisations. Traditionally, they have been used to inform policy-makers who need to take account of a range of…Read more
Those of us deeply involved with public consultations on a daily basis can easily overlook the wider context of our work. Whilst there are lots of other reasons for organising…Read more
Managing change fairly – Meeting Equalities Act requirements is one of the main ways to ensure Fairness
We live in uncertain times and with conflicting visions of our future. Right now it is as difficult to predict what will happen to the private sector as to the…Read more
The business of influence – The public affairs industry is learning how to work with public consultations
From time to time you will all see simplistic definitions of the term ‘consultation’. You know the sort we mean. ‘Listening to people’s views’ is typical, or ‘Asking stakeholders what…Read more
Post-election consultations – Beware the newly-elected waving their ‘Mandates’; there are legal pitfalls!
This week Local Councillors and those who aspire to become ones will stand for election, and despite genuine concern about the state of our democracy, millions of us will exercise…Read more
Consultation is an invitation to influence us. We are effectively saying to whoever is interested:- Please give us your views, so that we can take an informed decision. So how…Read more
Understanding why people say ‘No’ – The current debate about Wind Farms makes us think seriously about NIMBYism
Last week’s Key Issue Workshop was about Wind Farms! But it could equally have been about a range of other infrastructure developments which local residents would, in the ideal world,…Read more