Local authority meetings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Local authority meetings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Local authority meetings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • What does section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) mean for local authority meetings?
  • Which meetings are in scope of this section?
  • Which authorities does this apply to?
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Enabling regulations
  • Remote attendance—England
  • Remote attendance—Wales
  • More...

As part of the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, local authorities are undertaking wide range of essential and additional functions, while also contributing to local resilience planning and continued delivery of local services.

Local authority meetings generate a significant amount of work and administration, putting strain on local authority resources, which are already stretched and may be put to better use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with provisions introduced to allow the postponement of elections and by-elections, section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) creates powers to relax certain requirements in relation to local authority meetings for a limited period.

This Practice Note considers the impact of the provisions of CA 2020, s 78, which came into force on 25 March 2020 and enabled the bringing into force of:

  1. the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/392, which came into force on 4 April 2020

  2. the Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/442 which came into force on 22 April 2020

  3. the Local Government (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of District Council Meetings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/74 which came into force on 1 May 2020

What does section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) mean for local authority meetings?

CA 2020, s 78

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