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' … A duty of consultation will … exist in circumstances where there is a legitimate expectation of such consultation, usually arising from an interest which is held to be sufficient to found such an expectation, or from some promise or practice of consultation. The general approach of the common law is illustrated by the cases of R v Devon County Council, Ex p Baker  1 All ER 73 and R v North and East Devon Health Authority, Ex p Coughlan  QB 213…'The passage which separated the majority from Lords Wilson and Kerr was Lord Reed’s explanation of how he saw a consultation process working. This must be ‘to ensure public participation in the local authority’s decision-making process’:
' In order for the consultation to achieve [the objective of public participation], it must fulfil certain minimum requirements. Meaningful public participation in this particular decision-making process, in a context with which the general public cannot be expected to be familiar, requires that the consultees should be provided not only with information about the draft scheme, but also with an outline of the realistic alternatives, and an indication of the main reasons for the authority’s adoption of the draft scheme. That follows, in this context, from the general obligation to let consultees know “what the proposal is and exactly why it is under positive consideration, telling them enough (which may be a good deal) to enable them to make an intelligent response”: R v North and East Devon Health Authority, Ex p Coughlan  QB 213, para 112, per Lord Woolf MR.'The role of fairness in consultation is generally derived from R v North & East
' It is common ground that, whether or not consultation of interested parties and the public is a legal requirement, if it is embarked upon it must be carried out properly. To be proper, consultation must be undertaken at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage; it must include sufficient reasons for particular proposals to allow those consulted to give intelligent consideration and an intelligent response; adequate time must be given for this purpose; and the product of consultation must be conscientiously taken into account when the ultimate decision is taken.'The application by Ms Mosley
' … From 1 April 2013, however, local authorities were required to operate a new scheme, entitled a Council Tax Reduction Scheme (“CTRS”), which they were required to have made for themselves. Before making a CTRS, local authorities were required to consult interested persons on a draft of it. Between August and November 2012 the London Borough of Haringey (“Haringey”) purported to consult interested persons on its draft CTRS, following which it made the scheme in substantial accordance with its draft.Lord Wilson explained that the judicial review application before the court (at para ) was that ‘Ms Mosley asked the court to quash the decision which on 17 January 2013 Haringey had made in the light of the consultation’ they had undertaken. Underhill J had dismissed the application (at  EWHC 252 (Admin)); and the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Underhill J.
 In these proceedings [Ms Mosley] until 1 April 2013 had been in receipt of what I will describe as full CTB (by which I mean at a level which had relieved them entirely of their obligation to pay council tax), applied for judicial review of the lawfulness of the consultation which Haringey had purported to conduct in relation to its draft CTRS.'
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' … irrespective of how the duty to consult has been generated, that same common law duty of procedural fairness will inform the manner in which the consultation should be conducted.So a consultation must be fairly conducted and fair. Lord Wilson continued by setting out his and, from ota Osborn (above), Lord Reed’s views of the main bases for fairness:
 Fairness is a protean concept, not susceptible of much generalised enlargement. But its requirements in this context must be linked to the purposes of consultation. In R (Osborn) v Parole Board  UKSC 61,  3 WLR 1020, this court addressed the common law duty of procedural fairness in the determination of a person’s legal rights. Nevertheless the first two of the purposes of procedural fairness in that somewhat different context, identified by Lord Reed in paras 67 and 68 of his judgment, equally underlie the requirement that a consultation should be fair.'
' … First, the requirement “is liable to result in better decisions, by ensuring that the decision-maker receives all relevant information and that it is properly tested” (para  of Osborn). Second, it avoids “the sense of injustice which the person who is the subject of the decision will otherwise feel” (para 68). Such are two valuable practical consequences of fair consultation. But underlying it is also a third purpose, reflective of the democratic principle at the heart of our society. This third purpose is particularly relevant in a case like the present, in which the question was not “Yes or no, should we close this particular care home, this particular school etc?” It was “Required, as we are, to make a taxation-related scheme for application to all the inhabitants of our Borough, should we make one in the terms which we here propose?”'In ota Osborne Lord Kerr explained ‘procedurally fair decision-making’ as he saw it. This is needed to avoid, first, a sense of injustice; and this is avoided, secondly, by engendering in those who should be entitled to be involved in the process, a sense that their views are respected. He concluded the passage from ota Osborne (paras  and )by stressing the importance he attached to the decision-maker having ‘respect for the dignity’ of consultees. Thus:
 … Respect entails that such persons ought to be able to participate in the procedure by which the decision is made, provided they have something to say which is relevant to the decision to be taken. As Jeremy Waldron has written ("How Law Protects Dignity"  CLJ 200, 210):
' Haringey’s message to those consulted was therefore that other options were irrelevant and in such circumstances I cannot agree that their assumed knowledge of them saves Haringey’s consultation exercise from a verdict that it was unfair and therefore unlawful.'The view of the majority, expressed by Lord Reed was to concentrate more on the statutory aspect of this particular consultation. That said, general comments adopted by all Supreme Court justices make it clear that the requirement for consultation derives from legitimate expectation; and that that involves, amongst other matters, a consideration of the reasonably applicable options.