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Least worst – When a consultation explores unpopular options

May 31, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

If you’ve worked in the UK steel industry and are either a pensioner or expect to become one, these are troubling times. Last week, the Government published on one of…

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Structures and Scrutiny – A new Queen’s Speech – and the need to remember the importance of scrutiny.

May 18, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

The ritual State opening of Parliament obliges Her Majesty to announce the Government’s programme through the traditional Queen’s Speech.  The speculation this year has been that it will focus on…

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What happens if an organisation wants to withdraw options during a public consultation?

May 10, 2016 By Article

This was the question in an important Judicial Review last week concerning a London Borough. No doubt all the options were viable when the consultation began. But was it lawful…

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Democracy must be at heart of English devolution

May 10, 2016 By Article

English devolution is gathering pace. The Government is set on supporting devolution to combined local authorities and directly elected mayors across England. Local government is responding with enthusiasm and energy.…

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Unknown unknowns ?? – How to consult meaningfully when stakeholder audiences are unaware….

May 4, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

People speculate about Donald Rumsfeld’s often-quoted reference to known unknowns and unknown unknowns. According to Wikipedia, the latter term was first used in a D.H.Lawrence poem. Despite this, few people…

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Reputation at Risk – Beware the danger that lawyers could help you damage your reputation

May 3, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

Within hours of the poignant celebrations in Liverpool as the Hillsborough families marked the Inquest verdict, and called for ‘Justice’, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police was suspended. This…

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The Institute’s response to the National Audit Office’s report on Devolution

April 20, 2016 Article

The National Audit Office (NAO) produced an important Report last week – assessing the progress made on English devolution. It highlights the fact that the DCLG’s Cities and Local Growth…

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New NHS England Guideline update on Service changes

April 6, 2016 By Article

Getting ready to deliver an Executive Briefing tomorrow, we have today finished our line-by-line look at the new 2015 version of this important Guide – it matters to many of…

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How the DWP got it wrong – One of the causes of Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation was a flawed public consultation by the Department of Work and Pensions

March 22, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

Whilst political journalists and commentators of every hue enjoy pouring over the entrails of the weekend’s dramatic political developments, this Tuesday Topic looks at just one specialist aspect of the…

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