Published Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 16:26
The Council Forum meeting due on Thursday, March 26, is now postponed in light of the latest national position regarding the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Arrangements for interim decision making will be arranged pending the conclusion of the current restrictions on people interactions and gatherings, in due course.
The Local Government Association has raised with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) a number of questions regarding councils’ normal democratic processes, and how these can operate when councillors are unable to meet in person.
Specific issues raised include:
- the running of council meetings and other processes (for example, licensing committees)
- whether these can be held virtually
- schemes of delegation, which may need to be temporarily amended,
- maintaining scrutiny.
The LGA will share further advice with councils as and when it becomes available.
For further updates on the latest Covid-19 advice please visit: www.blackburn.gov.uk