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Do Inquiries provide good value for money? The £200million question

One of the most famous public inquiries in British history is the Saville Inquiry held into the “Bloody Sunday” killings in 1972. The Inquiry was commissioned in 1998 by then Prime Minister Tony Blair, and over the course of 13 years costs spiralled to an estimated final total of £200million, much of which is thought […]

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Speaking for the unvoiced – confidentiality and vulnerable stakeholders

One of the clear strengths of the public inquiry system is its inclusivity. While the “death of deference” may not be quite upon us, there is perhaps a cultural shift away from traditional institutional centres of authority towards more civic, grassroots ways of working through problems. Inquiries speak to both of these ways of working […]

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Purpose v Intention – the inquiries dilemma

The fallout from the Leveson Inquiry’s recommendations has been writ large on the front pages of this week’s newspapers, sharply contrasting with previous inquiries where the rustle of tumbleweed pointed the path to the long grass. The emerging Royal Charter on press conduct and regulation has provoked strong feelings from various stakeholder groups; described by […]

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Inquiring into inquiries – what’s the point?

“If the success of Public Inquiries is judged in terms of changes in regulations and legislation, then we cannot often claim to achieve that” (Dame Janet Smith, Chair of the Shipman Inquiry). What’s the point? What do they achieve? Don’t they just kick problems into the long grass? They can be really expensive – is […]

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Staking our future on Inquiries

It seems that a fresh wave of inquiries will be hitting the headlines soon, in the wake of yet more scandals and controversies.   Issues ranging from expansion at Heathrow, the BBC’s handling of Newsnight’s Jimmy Savile investigation, and even the Libor rate are now the subject of inquiries. As with any inquiry, challenging conversations and […]

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