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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 5/5 – Publication

Wednesday March 27 2013

In March 2013 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announced its advice to the Government on the ethics and science of mitochondria replacement – IVF-based techniques developed to give families at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease the chance of having a healthy child. Having considered the findings from the public dialogue carried out by OPM and… Read More

Decommissioning the effective and responsible way

Tuesday March 26 2013

The ongoing need to reduce total spend means the already difficult and sometimes misunderstood task of de-commissioning will be taking place in virtually all localities, writes Ayesha Janjua. In the recent past, many councils have been guilty of poor decommissioning; sometimes by cutting too hard, sometimes by cutting too fast. The result is something that… Read More

A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 4/5 – Reporting

Friday March 8 2013

The reporting process of a public consultation is the final culmination of all the stages we have previously discussed in this series of blog posts. During report writing, the views of all respondents are condensed into a document that is often available to the public, which represents a definitive output of the consultation process, along… Read More

Comment

Using lessons from extremism for the Big Society

Monday August 23 2010

Unfortunately, extremists and those who hate are often good at organising people to engage in collective action. In some ways, extremists are mastering aspects of the Big Society agenda for the wrong goals. They use social media, common causes and collective action to divide societies. Take extreme organisations such as Islam4UK and the English Defence… Read More

Public opinion on budget cuts

Friday August 20 2010

We hear a lot about the financial savings that local authorities need to make over the next few years. We also know that there is a growing awareness among the public that the recent financial crisis is going to affect public services, but we hear less about how the public feel that savings can be… Read More

Addressing grievances through the Big Society

Wednesday August 11 2010

With the Government likely to significantly reconstruct, if not entirely dismantle, the Preventing Violent Extremism Programme, it is important to consider what role the Big Society agenda can play in mitigating the risks of people becoming extreme or involved in violent extremism. There are a range of risk factors associated with the process of radicalisation… Read More