What is it?
Get involved in government by taking part in a public consultation.
When government departments change or make policy they listen to your views via a consultation. You can read the consultation paper about what government wants to do or change and then send your thoughts back.
Finding a public consultation
You can find out what the government is consulting on by visiting the website of each government department. Or you can find government consultations using the public consultation search tool.
You can search by:
- keyword eg housing or schools
- status (eg open or closed) and date
You’ll see the results in a list and you can narrow them down by filtering them using more of the ways listed above.
You can click on the title of the consultation and you’ll go to the website where the consultation is published.
You can search consultations run by 21 government departments including the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Transport and the Food Standards Agency.
There is also a list of government consultation websites on Directgov.