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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 are asked or make their submissions so that the decision-makers can take these views into account. We have a ‘twelve-week rule’ – except it isn’t a rule – just well-established custom and practice, and a recently published set of Government Consultation Principles that waters this down somewhat by saying that, in future, consultation timescales could be anything from 2 weeks to 12.


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About the Author

Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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