Local Government

How Birmingham City Council used interactive webcasting to transform engagement in its budget

Geoff Coleman, Birmingham City Council communications officer, explains how his authority has used a question-and-answer webcasts to massively widen engagement in the 2014/15 budget. In December, cabinet members from Birmingham City Council attended four public meetings across the city to answer questions about the 2014/15 budget. The meetings were attended by a total 287 hardy souls. On January 7, ...

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UKGovCamp 2014

Saturday's UKGovCamp was, if the hugely impressive online conversation was anything to go by, a massive success. It's a success that thanks to our late entry as a sponsor we were very happy to have played a tiny part in. Our colleague, Emma Daniel, who attended the event, has written a couple of posts, here and ...

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The next usergroup: 6/12/13

I'm a bit late on this, but it's really time that we talked about the next user group - on the 6th of December. As is now customary it will be held at the Hallam Conference Centre on 6th December 2013 and you can find details of directions and nearby stations here. I mentioned in the last ...

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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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Birmingham City Council leader declares webcasting a resounding success

Earlier this year we were enormously pleased to announce that Birmingham City Council, the UK's largest unitary local authority, was to start webcasting with us. While Birmingham had already experimented with webcasting - via a free service that included advertising - February marked the start of its contract with Public-i and the beginning of a systematic ...

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