On the 14th June 2013 DCLG released “Your council's cabinet: going to its meetings, seeing how it works - a guide for local people” A press release was subsequently issued which said...

“Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today published a new guide for local people explaining how they can attend and report their local council meetings. New guidance explicitly states that councils should allow the public to film council meetings.”

The rules are contained in The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/2089) (“the Regulations”) .

A footnote to the to the guide states...

“This means a district, unitary, county or London local authority that has a leader and cabinet or mayor, and cabinet governance arrangement.”

As Town and parish councils cannot have a cabinet style of governance, an elected mayor and are not district, unitary or county authorities they are excluded from the new guidelines.

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