Here’s an update on e-Consultation in response to a question from a reader.
Take-up of the e-Consultation Hub is continuing to gain momentum, although somewhat slower than hoped in a difficult economic climate. However, both English Heritage and the Environment Agency have committed their organisations to it as their preferred method of consultation and many other consultees are following suit.
Currently, 44 LPAs are using the hub for electronic consultations and the first connector to an LPA back-office system has been developed by Ocella and was successfully implemented by South Oxfordshire District Council at the end of September. Other connectors are in development and will follow in the next couple of months.
In the meantime, CLG remains committed to the hub as a standardised solution which will bring financial, environmental and business process benefits nationally.