It’s been a little while but we’ve decided to bring back our Friday consultation round-ups to share the excellent work our customers are doing (call it a Christmas present from us to you). The Citizen Space Aggregator is a hotbed of brilliant consultation activity and here are a few gems that we’ve been looking at this week.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s consultation on developing a drug and alcohol strategy

‘Drug and alcohol misuse can have huge impacts on society’: Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) want to ‘ensure the safety of their residents and protect the vibrancy and economic future of their town centres and night time economies’.

By using fact banks (drop-downs) throughout their consultation, GMCA have kept participants informed at the point of response, meaning they can feel engaged all the way through the survey.

New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Therapeutic Products Regulatory Scheme consultation

The New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Therapeutic Products Bill is being developed to replace the Medicines Act 1981. Using a non-linear (chapter-based) approach to the consultation, the aim is to cater both to those with an interest in the whole subject-matter and those with a specific area of interest.

Transport for London are consulting on the Sutton Link: a major new public transport service for Sutton and Merton

TfL are asking people to give their views on proposals for a new, direct and quicker transport link between Sutton and Merton. It would create a high-capacity route for people travelling between Sutton town centre and Merton using zero-emission vehicles.

A detailed overview page (which is then covered again in drop-downs throughout the survey) gives respondents all the information they need to give their answers. Maps, photos and artists impressions of proposed plans also help to give a visual idea of plans to participants.

The Gambling Commission’s discussion and consultation on a new national strategy to reduce gambling harms

Through a chapter-based survey, the Gambling Commission are seeking views on a new strategy that aims to reduce gambling harms. Diagrams and additional information included at different stages of the consultation help people to understand the complex nature of the issue.

London Borough of Redbridge’s Children Centres consultation

The London Borough of Redbridge Council currently operates 21 Children’s Centres across the borough. The budget challenges the Council faces over the next 3-5 years mean that the current model of service provision is unaffordable so they are asking for people’s views on options for continuing to run a high-quality Children’s Centre service with less budget.

Embedding documents in the survey helps to give further information and provide people with a better understanding of the issues being dealt with.


Phew, lots of good stuff this week. Let us know if you have any goodies you want to shout about; we love hearing about people doing good stuff in the world of online consultation. Until next time.