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Local hospital saved by Politician ….. or is it?

November 8, 2019

tCI Commentary: Rhion Jones (provocatively) comments: No doubt Jeremy Hunt will be delighted by this newspaper story – especially as a General Election is looming. But read it carefully and…

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Green watchdog powers could affect judicial review process, say legal experts

November 8, 2019

Legal powers to be granted to the proposed Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) under the Environment Bill could hinder organisations’ access to the judicial review process, according to academics and…

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Campaigners call for Council to hold overdue consultation

November 8, 2019

Campaigners from Fluoride Free Bedford say they have been waiting for three years for a consultation to end a contract with Anglian Water to prevent fluoride returning to the Borough’s…

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Mis-using ‘purdah’?

November 8, 2019 By

Last week, Rhion Jones considered the imminent General Election and the application of the (inappropriately-worded) purdah convention. Will purdah affect your consultation? In this update, he reflects on some of…

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Scottish Council to change the way it consults on budget cuts

November 8, 2019

Falkirk Council says it will change the way it consults the public on budget cuts – as more reductions in staffing and changes to services are on the horizon. It…

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“Shock collar” consultation was flawed …but legal

November 8, 2019 By

Last week, the High Court released a judgment in the fascinating case of ECMA & Petsafe v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Claimants were manufacturers…

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9,000+ take part in Council’s biggest ever response to consultation

November 7, 2019

There are just two weeks left to take part in a survey about restrictions of dogs on beaches in Cornwall. More than 9,000 people have taken part in the consultation…

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Opinions and Evidence from Bang the Table for the UK Parliament’s Select Committee On Democracy and Digital Technologies

November 7, 2019 By

In October 2019 I was delighted to submit evidence to the Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies on behalf of Bang the Table. Now I’m even more delighted that…

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Should Primary schools consult parents before teaching LGBT+ relationships?

November 6, 2019

Primary schools should be free to teach children about LGBT+ relationships without consulting parents, the chair of the country’s equality watchdog has said. David Isaac, the chair of the Equality…

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