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Beyond the Manifesto

May 7, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

Does the language of political commitments suggest the likelihood of public consultations? One clear advantage to having a majority Government once again is that its agenda should be discernible from…

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None of the above – Do unhappy consultees ever feel like disenchanted voters at an Election?

April 8, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

If we lived in Spain…or India…or Poland, we could vote for ‘None of the Above’ or NOTA. It is also the title of a book published last month by journalist…

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The waiting game … – Purdah politics means that many public consultations are postponed until after the General Election

March 9, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

With public consultations, the Lady Macbeth principle generally applies. “If … when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well, if were done quickly” (Act 1; scene 7) There are many reasons for…

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The ‘right to be heard’ – We need a new focus on giving consultees confidence that their arguments will reach decision-maker … and be “conscientiously considered”

March 9, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

The case for consultation is largely made and won. True, there are progressive voices claiming that it does not go far enough and calling for shared decision-making, though at least…

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Salute the Lords’ scrutiny – A new Report highlights that all is still not well with Government consultations

February 9, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee is probably not the best-known body in Parliament. But it is the one group of Parliamentarians collectively tackling some of the issues…

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Role-playing and consultations – A great technique to develop our skills and improve outcomes.

January 9, 2015 By Tuesday Topic

Picture the scene! We spend a couple of days in a restored thirteenth century barn that’s now part of a hotel in Bedford. Assembled are almost twenty of the Institute’s…

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Consequential consultations – Budget consultations in Local Authorities highlight the problem of sequential dialogues on important changes

December 10, 2014 By Tuesday Topic

Proposals for change in our public services are often misunderstood by consultees. They are seen as single one-off initiatives – whereas the reality is that they are the latest iteration…

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Transparent consultations – Criticisms of consultation are well-placed when they complain that too much is still hidden from public view

December 10, 2014 By Tuesday Topic

It is now ten years since we developed the Consultation Charter. In that time, there has been only one significant change, when the Principle of Confidentiality was replaced by a…

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Why do they keep coming? – So far in 2014, there have been 10 significant Judicial Reviews on consultation? Why is this happening?

November 10, 2014 By Tuesday Topic

The way the law should work – it is a self-learning system. Once a decision has ruled effectively on a certain set of situations or arguments, everyone should follow suit,…

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