Government announces remote meeting powers not being extended
Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government will not bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded to express her disappointment, as has the Local Government Association (LGA) in their statement. The government has also updated the guidance on the safe use of council buildings – also disappointing that we were not involved or consulted; NALC will be working with CALC officers to assess the new guidance, provide feedback to the government and give further advice on where we can.
A 12-week call for evidence about how remote meetings have been used has also been published, all local councils and need to respond.
As part of the NALC lobbying, they are pleased to be supporting the application by Hertfordshire County Council, Lawyers in Local Government and Association of Democratic Services Officers to the court for a declaration. This will continue despite the government's decision and is expected to be determined before the end of April. You can read more on all of this in our news story here.
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Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:42 by Alison Robinson