Local Government

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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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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