The UK government has relaxed rules that restricted local authorities from conducting meetings remotely over video or telephone conferencing technology.
Under UK law there is a legal requirement that all local authorities must hold their public meetings in person. However this requirement has obviously clashed with the government advise that if possible business and meetings should be conducted remotely to avoid any spread of COVID-19.
Beginning on Saturday fourth of April local authorities no longer are required to meet in person and can make uses of teleconferencing technology.
Local Government Association Chairman Cllr James Jamieson commented that: “Giving councils powers to hold meetings remotely is important to maintaining local democracy and allowing critical decisions to be made during this public health crisis. Councils need to respond quickly and make very many key decisions. They can now do so while remaining open, transparent and accessible to the public. Remote council meetings will crucially help ensure all those taking part stay at home, helping to prevent the coronavirus from spreading and save lives”