Published on April 28, 2011

Your duty to be involved

By Tim Hughes

Tim is Open Government Programme Manager at Involve and coordinator of the UK Open Government Network - a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability.

We want your opinions and experiences of the Duty to Involve.

The government’s announcement of its plans to repeal the Duty to Involve generated some good discussion over a number of blogs, covering territory including what impact it’s had, what signals repealing it will send, whether a duty can drive cultural change, whether it’s too general, and whether it contradicts the government’s localism and Big Society agendas. We’ve collected these together into a bitly bundle so you can quickly catch up on what’s been said so far. And we’ve also created a survey to gather more opinions on the duty (more on this later).

What is perhaps most striking to us is the lack of evidence concerning the direct impact of the Duty to Involve. So at Involve we want to continue to collect opinions and experiences on the duty, particularly from practitioners whose work it has (or maybe hasn’t) impacted. We’d particularly like to know:

  1. Whether you have found the Duty to Involve helpful, harmful or irrelevant in your work
  2. What  you think the impact will be of repealing the Duty to Involve
  3. What you think the impact will be of repealing the Creating Strong, Safe and Prosperous Communities guidance
  4. Whether you think the existing Duty to Involve can be improved. If so, what would you do to make it better?
  5. If you know of any situation when the Duty has prompted a council to engage the community where it wouldn’t have otherwise done so. Was this engagement successful or unsuccessful?

There are a number of ways you can give us your responses; you can fill out this short survey, you can comment on this blog or our previous blogs on the subject, or you can email Edward at edward@involve.org.uk.

We plan to submit the various views and opinions gathered via email and comments on this blog to CLG as a consultation response, so however you contact us, please let us know if you’re happy for us to include them or to list you by name.

Picture credits: Microphones by Rusty Sheriff (Some rights reserved)

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