What are they?
There are many varied types of consultation. They aim to provide opportunities for all those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work. Consultation exercises seek views in a number of different ways, such as written papers, public meetings, focus groups, questionnaire exercises or on-line discussion forums.
Consultation exercises do not address individual concerns and comments, but may eventually inform the policy process of the relevant directorate or public body. Typically consultations involve a written paper inviting answers to specific questions or more general views about the material presented. These papers are open for Carers to have their opinions and submit their responses.
Why are consultations so important?
Consultations give people in all walks of life a chance to get involved in the work of government. It is an important part of the policy-making process.
The views and suggestions detailed in consultation responses are analysed and used as part of the decision-making process. The responses that Carers submit may:
- Indicate the need for further policy development or review
- Inform the development of a particular policy
- Help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
- Used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
What we want to do
We want to seek out areas of interest that impact on Carers. We will find consultations and explain the outline of them so you can decide if you think you can have a say in the development of policy.
How can you make a difference?
Take part, when you see a consultation on our web site or Facebook pages click the link and have a read to add your opinion. If you want to discuss the consultation Ask we….We want Carers opinions and views to be heard. If you are not sure, we can talk the idea or process through with you.