Local Government

Cheshire West and Chester: Using Connect Social for the Community Leaders debate

Damian Beaumont was at the Public-i usergroup in June to talk about the way that his council, Cheshire West and Chester, has used Connect Social for a new set of meetings called the Community Leaders Debate. As Damian explains in the video interview I did with him at the user group, Connect Social's powerful integration of ...

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As Mr Pickles gets serious about filming, it’s time to start webcasting

Last week, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, used Twitter to warn councils he hasn't ruled out changing the law to force them to let the public film meetings. Having admonished Keighley Town Council for ejecting residents who were trying to video a meeting, he answered a question from Jacqui ...

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Getting ready for the LGA: a sneak peek at our new features

Next week a few of us will be at the Local Government Association annual conference in Manchester, where we'll be talking about Connect Social's new developments and Networked Councillor. (We'll be at stand C40 if you'd like to come and talk to us!!) While we've talked quite a bit about Networked Councillor (expect another blog post ...

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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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Feedback from the NetworkedCllr report

Catherine yesterday updated the NetworkedCllr blog with feedback that she has received about the report. As you'll know from reading here (or elsewhere), the report has stirred up a lot of interest in how councillors should be equipped for a digital, networked world. So it's no surprise at all that there have been some really interesting ...

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