Consultation principles: guidance

The government is improving the way it consults by adopting a more proportionate and targeted approach.


Consultation principles


The government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations. We have amended the principles in the light of comments from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and to demonstrate the government’s desire to engage more effectively with the public.

We will use more digital methods to consult with a wider group of people at an earlier stage in the policy-forming process. We will make it easier for the public to contribute their views, and we will try harder to use clear language and plain English in consultation documents.

We will also reduce the risk of ‘consultation fatigue’ by making sure we consult only on issues that are genuinely undecided.

Published 17 July 2012
Last updated 19 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Consultation principles updated.

  2. Added updated principles

  3. New consultation principles added - November 2013.

  4. First published.