Virtual Council and Committee Meetings
From the 6th May 2021, the government decided not to renew the coronavirus legislation that had permitted virtual council and committee meetings to take place.
Ludlow Town Council is disappointed by the government’s decision to withdraw the legislation supporting virtual decision making. The Council has considered the risks of in-person meetings, and decided that until it is safe for councillors, staff and the public to attend lengthy in-person public meetings again, only decisions that cannot be delegated to the Town Clerk will be made at socially distanced in- person Council Meetings at the Methodist Church in Broad Street. In order to stay safe and act within the law, all other meetings will be held virtually under emergency delegated authority.
In the interests of transparency, the council has decided that the virtual meetings will retain all the elements of good governance including public accessibility, and councillor debate resulting in majority agreement to be actioned under delegated authority. The actions taken under delegated authority will be published on the council’s website.
Newly elected Mayor of Ludlow, Cllr Robin Pote, said, ‘the Town Council has joined the national lobby to ask government to reinstate legal virtual meetings, and permit councils to decide when to use them in addition to in-person meetings . The many benefits of virtual meetings have included shorter meetings, less travelling, more efficient use of time; and the flexibility of virtual meetings could encourage younger people to get involved in their local councils. Improving the diversity of local councils should be considered as a very positive step forward for the whole community.’
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