Recording Council Meetings:
The Minister for Local Government has issued guidance on the recording of council meetings and encouragement of digital media:
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Exposing Planning Lobbyists:
The Minister for Local Government has had something else to say about shedding light on another aspect of how councils operate:
Eric Pickles: 'Shadowy' planning lobbyists must be exposed
Lobbyists who secretly work for property developers to help push through controversial planning applications will be forced to publish their client list or face prosecution, a minister has warned.
Eric Pickles: 'Shadowy' planning lobbyists must be exposed - Telegraph
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