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Consultation considerations

Local authorities must not underestimate the importance of effective consultation in decision making, says Huw Williams

11 March 2015

With elections just around the corner, it is timely for those working in central and local government to ensure that they are familiar with the requirements for consultation with people who will be affected by the decisions of public authorities. Whatever the make-up of the government that is elected in May, it will want to make its mark with new policies and initiatives, involving requirements for consultation at a national and local level.

Add to that the potential for changes in individual local areas where new administrations are formed following mayoral and local authority elections, and the many decisions taken regularly by local authorities, and we can expect a lot of consultation over the next year. To borrow and adapt the words of Austin Mitchell MP about the government elected in 1997, we can expect the new government to hit the ground consulting.

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