Weekly message from John Austin, Chair

At the time of writing this message, we are coming to a long bank holiday weekend. By the time you read it, the holiday will unfortunately be over. I hope you had a good break. You all deserved it.

To continue with Pete Savage’s theme of last week, we are hearing day by day of successful remote meetings being held including full Council meetings. It really is something we should celebrate, and you can all be very proud of your achievements.

Remote meetings case studies 

The members’ forum has lots of useful feedback on members experiences with different technology for holding remote meetings. We asked for case studies from members and I’m pleased to say we have uploaded two from Brighton and Hove Council and North Kesteven District Council on the website.  To access the case studies, please click on the following link:

ADSO VIrtual Meetings case studies 2020-05-07

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Michelle Beaumont from Richmond upon Thames has been using Microsoft Teams for their planning meetings and is happy to share her practice notes for officers, the public and members. They also have practice notes for those wishing to speak at meetings. If you want copies or more information on this, please contact Michelle.Beaumont@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk  Tel: 020 8891 7780

If anyone else would like to share their case studies then please send them to john.lynch@adso.co.uk and we will add them to the website. You are doing a fantastic job so why not share your experiences with others?

Draft Code of Conduct 

For understandable reasons, things have gone quiet on the draft code of conduct. I have been in contact with the LGA this week and they plan to proceed with their planned consultation. Subject to their management team approval, they hope to begin the consultation shortly, running until approximately July/August. I will bring you more details as soon as I can.

Members Forum 

Looking at the members’ forum this week, there are some interesting posts relating to:

  • Independent members – Police & Crime Commissioner Panels
  • Mutual Aid Groups
  • Recorded votes and secret ballots at virtual full council meetings
  • Public Access – Interpretation
  • Hybrid meetings
  • Equality Impact Assessments for virtual meetings
  • Scrutiny

The forum has increased in activity in recent months and that is great to see. Please get involved if you haven’t already and see if you can answer some of the points being raised.

John Austin, ADSO Chair


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