Eric Pickles

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 are you planning to respond to Eric Pickles?

Last month the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government took his fight against councils that don't open their doors to cameras and bloggers on to new territory. Mr Pickles inserted into planning practice guidance a section that "makes clear the rights for members of the press and public, including bloggers and hyperlocal journalists, to ...

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Dave and Mathew look back at the LGA Conference

We've had more than a week now to reflect on the LGA Conference, the biggest annual event for the sector we work in. This year I was helping the LGA media team with their coverage - as they were using Connect Social to stream the event - so I've asked Mathew and Dave, who were ...

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New guidance for councils in England: Citizens are welcome to film meetings

Today sees the publication of new guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government on filming council meetings in England, saying councils need to welcome citizens who want to film and record public meetings. You can read about it from Nick Booth and from Sarah Hartley of Talk About Local. Both have done a ...

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What will council-meeting law changes mean for transparency?

Yesterday Eric Pickles announced that  members of the public who want to report on council meetings will be offered the same privileges enjoyed by accredited press. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said that new regulations, to come into force in September, will ensure greater public scrutiny and give bloggers and users of ...

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