Consultation will normally allow a minimum of two weeks for responses, except where statutory requirements prescribe a set or minimum period that exceeds this (e.g. redundancy consultation).

By agreement, the consultation timescale may be shorter where there is an urgent business need, or extended in cases where the subject matter is so significant the trades unions in terms of formulating a full response, would benefit from a longer period to discuss the proposals and implications with their members.

When consulting with all trade unions, due regard will be given to school holiday periods that fall within the consultation period and the consultation period will be adjusted to take account of the school holidays.

Any variation to the normal two week consultation timescale would only apply where there are exceptional circumstances and would be applied in the interests of maintaining effective partnership working and the mutual trust that implies.

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