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Announcement: Council meetings and Covid-19

As required by national legislation, all Council and Committee meetings, with the exception of Licensing Hearings, will now be held in person at Islington Town Hall.

Following the easing of most Covid-19 legal restrictions on 19 July, the Council has reviewed the arrangements for public attendance at Council and Committee meetings.

In light of the government advice to proceed with caution, that infections rates are currently very high and the Council’s responsibility to ensure the safety of members of the public, members of the Council and its staff, we are continuing to maintain social distancing for formal meetings and it is therefore still necessary to limit the number of attendees at each meeting.

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.



Questions at Council meetings

At ordinary meetings of full Council, members of the public may ask questions of the Leader, another member of the Executive or the Chair of any scrutiny committee. Members of the public may ask one question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the borough. The time set aside for questions from members of the public is 30 minutes.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the council has changed the way that questions will be dealt with at Full Council meetings. As required by national legislation, Council meetings must be held in person. In order to prioritise the safety of members of the public, councillors and staff, we are unable to admit members of the public asking questions to the Council Chamber at this time.

Instead of attending the meeting in person, members of the public will be able to watch proceedings through the council's webcasting service.

The Council will accept questions submitted in advance and a verbal response will be given at the meeting.

Unfortunately, as members of the public are not able to be seated inside the Council Chamber, the Council is not able to receive supplementary questions or questions without notice at this time.

Questions must be submitted in advance at least 7 clear working days before the date of the meeting (there is a list of deadline dates below). The question and the name of the questioner will be printed with the agenda and this will be published in the papers for the meeting and on the Council's website. The question, the name of the questioner and the reply given will also be included in the minutes of the meeting and will be published on the Council's website.

Questions will usually be answered in the order they were received, however the Mayor has the discretion to vary this if necessary.

Questions should be emailed to democracy@islington.gov.uk

A question may be rejected if it:

(a) is not about a matter for which the Council has a responsibility or which affects the area;
(b) is defamatory, frivolous or offensive;
(c) is substantially the same as a question asked within the last six months;
(d) requests the disclosure of information which is confidential or exempt; or
(e) names, or clearly identifies, a member of staff or any other individual.

If a reply cannot be given at the meeting, or if the time allocated for questions has elapsed, a written reply will be sent.


Deadlines for the submission of advance questions for full Council

Date of meeting

Deadline (2 pm)

Thursday 9 December 2021 Monday 29 November 2021




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.