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The thin end of the wedge – Public consultations in an age of uncertainty

July 24, 2012 By

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…

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Questionable tactics – Using consultation to get agreement for pre-determined decisions!

June 26, 2012 By

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…

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Consultation’s role in policy-making – Policy development has never been more challenging

June 12, 2012 By

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…

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Managing change fairly – Meeting Equalities Act requirements is one of the main ways to ensure Fairness

June 1, 2012 By

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…

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The business of influence – The public affairs industry is learning how to work with public consultations

May 29, 2012 By

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…

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Post-election consultations – Beware the newly-elected waving their ‘Mandates’; there are legal pitfalls!

April 30, 2012 By

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…

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A convincing narrative – Is there a special skill to writing a good consultation paper?

April 27, 2012 By

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…

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Understanding why people say ‘No’ – The current debate about Wind Farms makes us think seriously about NIMBYism

April 15, 2012 By

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,…

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Open Public Services 2012

April 12, 2012

In July 2011 the Coalition Government published its long-awaited Open Public Services White Paper which sets out their agenda to give better access to public services for more people. The…

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