ELA’s responses to consultation documents are organised through working parties who prepare written reports. Working party members are drawn from the ELA membership and each working party is chaired by a member of the Legislative & Policy Committee.
Email newsletters are circulated to all members when we are forming a new working party to respond to a consultation, inviting expressions of interest to get involved in preparing ELA’s response. Members who express an interest in getting involved in a given consultation will be contacted and, where possible, invited to contribute. Some consultations receive a high volume of interest, so it is not always possible to take everyone who volunteers. However, we try to share out the opportunities as much as possible.
To ensure that ELA’s apolitical approach is consistently applied, there are written guidelines produced by the Committee for guidance to working party members. These guidelines also assist in ensuring consistency of style when there are a number of contributors to a report.