Local Government

Eight things we learned from the ‘social media’ election

The General Election was - most people agree - a bit of a surprise. First off, the Conservative party defied the polls to win a slim majority in the Commons. Second, a fair few analysts who had talked of this being a 'social media' election were left scratching their heads... Before the 7th of May we had headlines like ...

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The Right to Report, Webcasting and Devolution

On 6th August Eric Pickles signed a Parliamentary order allowing press and public to film and digitally report from all public meetings of local government bodies. It is an update on Margaret Thatcher’s 1960 law allowing written reporting of council meetings. We briefly spoke about the implications for local authorities in our last post but with ...

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What does the new ‘right to report’ law mean to you?

You may well already be aware that last Wednesday, 6th August 2014, saw a new law passed which gives the public the right to film and digitally report from all public meetings of public bodies. We’ve updated you on the progress of this over the past year, and the legislation marks a significant milestone in bringing ...

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If you’re going to #localgovcamp then you should know about #networkedcllr

This weekend many of our friends will be going to Local Gov Camp, the brilliant unconference for local government folk and beyond. It's going to be fun - and there will be some really interesting conversations that we'll be joining (our very own Catherine Howe and Dave Eaton will be there). With, we think, a general ...

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