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Why Parliament must take notice

October 4, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

It is time for our national politicians to take a closer interest in public consultations. Politicians are quite ambivalent about consultation. When in Opposition, they complain bitterly that there is…

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Pre-consultation: Opening Pandora’s Box?

October 3, 2016 By Article

As we developed training courses for the Institute, many topics naturally suggested themselves to us.  Technical subjects like focus groups, surveys and questionnaires, data analysis etc. were obvious areas for…

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Prepare to meet your public

September 30, 2016 By Advice from Associates

It’s common for individual decision makers to be nervous ahead of appearing at public events on contentious issues. Many imagine worst case scenarios of angry participants and some create for…

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Kent Airport Owner claims Consultation results “as reliable as an election in North Korea”

September 30, 2016

The war of words over the future of Manston Airport in the UK south east has escalated with the current majority owner of the site claiming that results of an…

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Councillors claim Dorset Devolution Consultation “rushed and un-democratic”

September 30, 2016

DORSET County Council’s reorganisation consultation on plans to reduce the number of local authorities in the county from nine to two has come under fire from Bridport town councillors, who…

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Network Rail accused of “pre-empting” consultation outcome

September 29, 2016

Two public footpaths have been unlawfully closed in Ely, say campaigners with Britain’s oldest national conservation body. The Open Spaces Society has complained to Cambridgeshire County Council about the unlawful…

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MP calls for public inquiry on Lancashire libraries closures – criticises consultation

September 29, 2016

Paul Maynard, the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, has written to libraries minister Matt Hancock calling for a formal investigation into the decision to shut 29 libraries across…

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Consultation into post office closure was ‘a sham’

September 29, 2016

A Consultation into controversial plans to close Aberystwyth’s historic post office has been labelled “a sham” after jobs in the proposed new branch were advertised on the day the consultation ended.…

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Health SIG report

September 27, 2016 Article

Yesterday we held the Institute’s Health Special Interest Group (SIG) session in Birmingham. It took place against a background of intense engagement activity in the 44 ‘footprint’ areas. Here are…

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