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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
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…Read more
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…Read more
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;…Read more
The devil in the detail – The case for consultation is strongest when there is much detail still to consider
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…Read more
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?
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…Read more
Hillsborough – would elected Police Commissioners have helped? – Is this a good reason to vote on 15th November?
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…Read more
We've finished listening! – Does social media mark the increasing irrelevance of consultation timescales?
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…Read more
Whitehall's new Consultation principles – First reactions to the slimline replacement for the HM Government Code of Practice (2008)
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…Read more