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Democracy and meetings

Last Updated 3:00pm, 16 June 2021


Introduction

Information about coronavirus is available in different formats and languages, including easy read, BSL and for people who are not online.

Guidance for Council meetings

The Council in April 2020, received guidance in the form of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations which permitted remote attendance at local authority meetings and remote attendance was allowed as long as certain conditions were satisfied.

These temporary regulations expired on 7 May 2021 which means the majority of Council and Committee meetings must now be in person, e.g. those that fall under the Local Government Act 1972 and those meetings that come under the Local Government Act 2000 and Executive Regulations.

Devon County Council meetings

Meetings of the Council, Cabinet, Scrutiny and a number of regulatory bodies will be going ahead in person. Many of these meetings (but not all currently) will be live streamed and if this is the case, Members of the press and public are welcome to view any public committee meetings and the details of the live stream will be available from the link displayed on the agenda page for the meeting.

If a member of the public wishes to participate in a meeting in line with the public participation scheme, they are asked to contact the clerk of that meeting or email committee@devon.gov.uk where they will be sent details of the meeting and how it will run. We would ask kindly that due to Covid restrictions and social distancing measures, members of both the press and public must contact the Clerk to book a place should they wish to attend this meeting in person. There will be limits on the numbers that can safely be accommodated in the room so it is important that we can plan for the expected numbers in attendance.

In some cases (but not all), there may be a remote / hybrid option for Members of the public to participate and you are asked to contact the clerk of that meeting or email committee@devon.gov.uk for further details.

Any queries at all about the meeting can be directed to the clerk of that meeting (their details also being available on the agenda page) or email committee@devon.gov.uk.

The scrutiny work programme is in the process of being prepared, with the new Committees discussing their work programmes moving forward. A formal committee meeting of each of the Scrutiny Committees will take place in September.

The calendar of meetings on the Democracy website will be kept fully up to date.

If there are any questions or queries please email committee@devon.gov.uk.

Safety measures

Whilst there is a school of thought that social distancing restrictions may end on 19 July, we have taken a pragmatic approach and planned all meetings until the end of July on the basis that some sort of social distancing will be required and as a general rule, have organised larger meetings rooms, where possible, so people have more space and can stick to the distancing requirements.

Guidance for members of the public attending in person meetings at Devon County Council has been produced and we would ask that this is read carefully prior to attendance at any Council meeting.


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