Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update 3 April 2020

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15. Council meetings

From Saturday (4 April 2020), local authorities in England have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology

The government has temporarily removed the legal requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person during the coronavirus pandemic. This will enable us to make effective and transparent decisions on the delivery of services for residents and ensure that local democracy continues to thrive.

The change applies to all local authorities in England and covers all categories of public meetings including annual meetings, cabinet and committee meetings.

The requirement for public meetings to be made accessible to the public remains, but it will be up to each local authority to decide how they conduct meetings, how voting procedures work and how to ensure that the public has access. More information is available on the GOV.UK website.