Sep 30, 2021
Over the last couple of years, officers working for several councils have spotted attempts to corrupt consultation results such as false names, false addresses and multiple internet submissions from the same IP address. And officers are now taking steps to ensure consultation responses satisfy the DfT’s statutory guidance that they should reflect the local population.   
This post pulls together reports where a few councils have reported the results of their officers’ work … and a few councils which don’t bother.
“Consultations are not referendums”
In July 2021, the Department for Transport issued updated statutory advice on implementing active travel measures to support transport during the pandemic.  In his cover letter, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was clear that engagement must be managed honestly: