Making Council meetings more accessible

​Date: 27/06/2016

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Wakefield Council is making changes to the times of some of its Full Council meetings to make it even easier for more people to attend.

Wakefield's Full Council meets every six weeks to discuss and decide on important issues in the district. The meetings are open to the public and later start times are being trialled to help make it easier for people to attend.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We want to give more people the opportunity to see local democracy in action. By starting some meetings at a later time we hope that more people will have the opportunity to attend. We want as many residents as possible to come along and hear our Full Council debates in action.

"Many of our councillors are also employed and have work commitments. We hope by changing the time it will support more of them to be able to manage their work obligations and council duties.

"We are also continuing to use technology to live stream our Council meetings so that residents can tune in online to hear what their councillors are saying, either live or at a more convenient time to suit them."

The Council meetings are broadcast live at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream The recordings will be available to watch again until the next meeting takes place.

All the Full Council meetings take place in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield, WF1 2QW. The next meeting is taking place on Wednesday 13 July, with the new start time of 4pm.

The Council meetings in 2016/17 are taking place on:
Wednesday 13 July, 4pm
Wednesday 14 September, 4pm
Wednesday 16 November, 2pm
Wednesday 18 January 2017, 2pm
Wednesday 1 March 2017, 2pm (Budget Council meeting)
Wednesday 12 April 2017, 4pm
Thursday 18 May, 11.30am (Annual Council meeting)

The meeting agendas are available a week in advance of the meetings at www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council