Local Government: Remote Meetings

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 28th June 2022.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of continuing remote and hybrid local authority meetings; and whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enable local authorities to offer hybrid in-person and virtual meetings.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government launched a call for evidence last year to gather views and inform a longer-term decision about whether to make express provision for councils to meet remotely and in hybrid form on a permanent basis.  The Department has considered the responses to the consultation and the Government will respond shortly.

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