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Improve the Cabinet Office Principles! – The Institute presents evidence to the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee investigating the new Cabinet Office engagement and consultation Principles

December 12, 2012 By

It’s probably true to say that we were all taken by surprise when the Cabinet Office suddenly produced its new set of Principles in July. The Institute certainly was not…

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Neighbourhood Planning – Crunch Time?

November 22, 2012

Neighbourhood planning seems to be one of the most challenging pieces of planning legislation in a long time; some seem to think it holds endless possibilities; sceptics think it is…

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Local Council tax benefits – possible re-consultation

October 30, 2012

In recent months, English local authorities have been conducting public consultations on the design of local Council Tax benefit support schemes, replacing the previous nationwide arrangements. It has been a…

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A helpful hesitation – What lessons do we draw from delays to consultation?

October 16, 2012 By

We have recently seen a spate of postponements. Consultations which were poised and ready to be announced are suddenly stopped in their tracks. Documents are sent back for further consideration;…

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The devil in the detail – The case for consultation is strongest when there is much detail still to consider

October 2, 2012 By

The Party political conference season is a great moment to reflect on the difference between headline-grabbing policy announcements and the more mundane detail that makes them happen. Our politicians know…

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Goodbye tick-box; hello your honour! – Will the new Cabinet Office Consultation Principles’ attempt to end the tick-box habit result in a bigger role for the Courts?

September 24, 2012 By

The infamous tick-box gets the blame for a lot. In the world of consultation, it is a regular refrain, with two different meanings. One is the criticism that the consultation…

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Hillsborough – would elected Police Commissioners have helped? – Is this a good reason to vote on 15th November?

September 24, 2012 By

Just when we thought that elections for Police Commissioners were going to be the biggest non-event ever, the Hillsborough cover-up gives us all a reason to take them seriously. Or…

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We've finished listening! – Does social media mark the increasing irrelevance of consultation timescales?

August 21, 2012 By

We all know the traditional model of consultation. A document is launched, a period of time is set and consultees have until the published end-date to respond, answer whatever questions…

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Whitehall's new Consultation principles – First reactions to the slimline replacement for the HM Government Code of Practice (2008)

July 31, 2012 By

This is the fourth attempt (over 13 years) to prescribe a set of rules for Government departments and other public bodies to conduct public and stakeholder consultations. And in many…

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