On 23rd March 2021 the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO), Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and Hertfordshire County Council went to the High Court and received permission to advance their claim for a declaration allowing local councils to continue to hold remote meetings beyond the 6th May 2021 deadline.
The court has directed that a timeline to proceed will ensure that the case be decided before the end of April. LLG and ADSO are confident that they have built a strong case and remain optimistic about the outcome, however in the meantime, councils will need to make any necessary arrangements to enable them to meet lawfully. SLCC Chief Executive, Rob Smith said ‘We agree and fully support ADSO and LLG, clerks should discuss contingency plans with their council to ensure they are well placed to continue decision making from 7th May 2021.’
Further updates will be published as soon as they become available.