New Consultation Guidelines

A while back I posted about a Consultation Consultation.  BERR yesterday published their new guidelines for Central Government consultations to come into force in November 2008. The new Code of Practice on Consultation can be downloaded from the BERR site. "This Code is based on the results of a review Read more…

Gangs aren’t like what we thought

Just in time for the government’s new youth crime plan, comes fascinating research from Manchester University, who’ve taken the trouble to work closely with young people involved in gangs. What they’ve found challenges the picture normally painted of gangs and suggests that the police approach is ‘fatally flawed’ and risks pushing young people into the arms of gangs.

Zimbabwe Twitterer

Sokwanele, a Civic Action Support Group in Zimbabwe, has used Twitter to bring a Flickr group of pictures to the attention of the Prime Minister via his Web team at 10 Downing Street. The pictures are powerful. Sokwanele are using lots of Web2.0 tools to bring their message to a Read more…

Democracy duty for councils

According to the LGA’s FirstOnline site: Councils would have a new duty to promote democracy, under government plans announced this week. Communities secretary Hazel Blears said she wanted every council to run lively campaigns to explain the voting system and encourage first time voters. I’m glad that democracy is going Read more…