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Announcement: Council meetings and COVID-19

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the latest government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the arrangements for meetings.

All Council and committee meetings, with the exception of Licensing Hearings, will now be held in person at Islington Town Hall. To ensure that meetings can be held safely and in compliance with social distancing requirements, it is unfortunately necessary to limit the number of attendees.

We will webcast the majority of meetings, enabling members of the public to watch the meeting live. The link to the webcast is available on the webpage for each meeting, alongside the agenda papers.

If you would like to observe a meeting, we would encourage you to use the webcasting facility.

The Council has produced a document that explains the measures implemented to ensure that council and committee meetings can be held safely and in compliance with government regulations and guidance relating to Covid-19. This is available here.

If you have any questions about webcasting or attending meetings, please contact democracy@islington.gov.uk

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Islington Council is committed to being open and transparent in the way it conducts its business. The majority of the important decisions the council makes are made at meetings of the Executive, full Council or one of the council's committees. The meetings are held in public and members of the public are very welcome to attend, however during the current crisis we are recommending that you watch the webcast of meetings, rather than attending in person. If there are confidential or exempt matters to be discussed, part of the meeting may be in private, but this is very rare.

The Meetings Calendar shows which meetings are taking place each month, or you can view the list of meetings for an individual committee under the Committees tab. The individual committee pages also lists the members, includes a brief description of the committee's role and the contact details of the committee clerk who can assist with any enquiries.

The meeting agenda and all non-exempt papers are publically accessible documents and these are available five working days before each meeting. Papers can be downloaded either via the Meetings Calendar or the list of meetings under the Committees tab. If a meeting is being recorded and is available on our webcasting service, then a link will be available on the webpage for each meeting.

The council welcomes active participation by members of the public, but unfortunately whilst social distancing requirements remain, we will only be able to admit a very small number of people to meetings held in person and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The procedures followed at some meetings, such as Planning committees, are governed by legislation, but it is usually possible for members of the public to speak either for or against an application. If you wish to speak at a Planning meeting, please follow the advice you will receive when you register to speak with the Planning department.

Members of the public are ordinarily able to attend full Council meetings, to ask coucillors questions and present petitions. This page will be updated with further information on how to particpate in full Council meetings prior to the date of the next meeting.

Filming, recording and broadcasting meetings

Public access for filming, recording and broadcasting meetings is subject to capacity limits and other covid-safe protocols at this time. However, providing that no disruption is caused and that other people are not obstructed from observing and participating in the meeting, the press and members of the public are able to film, photograph or record decision making in action at any council meeting that is open to the public and to use social media tools, such as Twitter.

We request that other members of the public are not filmed or recorded, unless they are speaking or actively participating in the meeting and to avoid disruption to meetings, flash photography, additional lighting or large equipment are not permitted, unless agreed in advance.

Should filming, recording or using social media become disruptive, the council's constitution provides for the removal of a member of the public from a meeting should that person, having been warned, continue to interrupt proceedings.

Any person or organisation choosing to film, record or broadcast any meeting of the Council, its Cabinet or committees is responsible for any claims or other liability resulting from them so doing and by choosing to film, record or broadcast proceedings they accept that they are required to indemnify the Council, its members and officers in relation to any such claims or liabilities.