Quarter 1 – June 2019
The level of webcasting has increased significantly over the last quarter following a decision by the full Council that there should be a presumption in favour of webcasting all meetings of Planning Committee, Select Committees and formal meetings of the Cabinet in addition to the routine webcasting of all full Council meetings.
Quarter 4 - March 2019
The level of webcasting has reduced slightly over the last quarter but is still on track. It is affected by:
the overall number of meetings (some meetings which would have been considered candidates for webcasting have been cancelled or postponed in the last quarter)
- whether the items on an agenda are of significant interest to residents
- agreement from the Chairman that a meeting should be webcast (until recently meetings had to be held in the Council Chamber if they were to be webcast and that was not considered appropriate for some meetings)
The Governance Committee, at its meeting on 13 May 2019, will be asked to consider how decisions are taken to webcast meetings including a proposed set of criteria.
Quarter 3 – December 2018
The level of webcasting has reduced slightly over the last quarter but is still on track.
Quarter 2 - September 2018
The level of webcasting has remained steady over the last quarter with a number of issues of public interest being considered by select committees in addition to the routine webcasting of all full Council meetings.
Quarter 1 – June 2018
Following the reduction in the total number of meetings webcast for 2017/18 as a result of the elections in May 2017 and subsequent induction period for new members of the Council, the number of meetings webcast so far in 2018/19 has returned to a normal level as the usual pattern of Council business resumes.
Quarter 4 - March 2018
The break in normal business in the run up to the County Council election in May 2017, and subsequent induction period for new members, resulted in a reduction in the number of formal meetings webcast and changes to the nature of the business considered. This resulted in a reduction in the total number of meetings webcast for 2017/18 compared to the usual pattern of Council business.
Webcasting is seen as a crucial part of open and accountable government and as a way of increasing the accessibility of the County Council and its processes and decision-making. Since 2008, all full County Council meetings have been webcast live and then archived for six months. In addition, Select Committee and Planning Committee meetings may be webcast where the issues under consideration are of public interest.