The Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have published a petition calling on the UK Government and Parliament to allow councils in England to have the choice to meet remotely.
The petition states that, ‘The period of lockdown showed that remote meetings bring so many benefits to local democracy and residents, apart from the obvious public health safeguards. It is no longer just a response to Covid.’
Currently, local councils in England cannot hold their meetings remotely. This was temporarily relaxed during the covid-19 lockdown in 2020/21 but that ended in April 2021 when the temporary statutory regulations expired.