Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Openness in Local Government

The government has proposed legislation that will permit the filming of and reporting from meetings of town and parish councils. The draft Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 propose that "Any person shall be permitted to attend a meeting… for the purposes of reporting" and goes on to define "reporting" as "filming, photographing or audio recording of proceedings; using any other means for enabling persons not present to see or hear proceedings of a meeting as it takes place or later; and reporting or providing commentary on proceedings of a meeting, orally or in writing, so that the report or commentary is available as the meeting takes place or later to persons not present." The regulations would mean that members of the public would have a statutory right to record council meetings and would no longer have to seek the permission of the council (as they do under current regulations). Members of the public would have a right to film meetings and later upload the video online, to stream live video and/or audio of council meetings, and to tweet, blog and post from the meeting as it happens.

The Northants CALC Councillor Panel was surveyed on the matter and a brief summary report is available below.

If you have any comments or observations about the government's proposed regulations please contact us.

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:09 by Danny Moody

Tags: Consultation