England

Pickles promises law to give public the right to film council meetings

Last month we heard that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has promised to give bloggers, journalists and the public the right to film and report on council meetings in law - thanks to this post by Mike Rawlins at Talk About Local. Mr Pickles told Parliament on the 28th of October that ...

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How many councillors tweet?

Update: As you'll see here we've had to revise the numbers for Birmingham City Council. The maps and numbers should now reflect higher figures for the city council.) At the LGA conference on Wednesday (1pm) we'll be holding a short session about Twitter, entitled 'Anyone can use Twitter. The question is why should you?' It's just ...

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Making a song and a dance about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections

It doesn't matter how important you accept the advent of the Police and Crime Commissioners are, the prospect of voting in a new political post to oversee police forces in England and Wales has hardly captured the public's attention. It's a point that's been made before, but there's a risk that, come the 15th of November, ...

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Re-booting Democracy: the Public-i user group – 19/03/12

We'll be holding the next Public-i user group on Monday the 19th of March with the rather exciting theme 'rebooting democracy'. Below I've set out a little bit about what we mean by that - and the agenda. But first, the essentials... The user group starts at 10.30am on the 19th of March at the Hallam Conference ...

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CityCamp Brighton: a quick roundup of Friday’s talks

I only went to the first day (the Friday) of Brighton's second CityCamp, but from all I've heard the weekend was a big success. I expect we'll get a lot more from others who were there over the weekend, but I thought I'd just sum up a little of what happened on Friday before that. As ...

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