Local Government

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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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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