Live streaming extended to Cabinet meetings

​Date: 28/02/2017

Ref: PR8491

Wakefield Council is extending its live streaming service to include all future Cabinet meetings.

Full Council meetings and special Cabinet on Tour meetings, which are Cabinet meetings held in different venues across the district, four or five times a year, are already filmed and broadcast live from the Council's website. The public are invited to come and ask their questions at the end of Cabinet on Tour meetings.

The purpose of live streaming is to promote greater transparency of the decision making process by enabling people to see local democracy in action, either live, as it happens or later at their convenience.

Filming will take place at the next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 7 March at Wakefield Town Hall at 10.30am.

The majority of important Council decisions are made at Cabinet meetings. The meetings involve senior councillors, called Cabinet Members, who are each responsible for a specific area of council business. The Cabinet Member presents a report and leads a discussion, before any decision is made. 

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said:  "We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to see the democratic process in action and ensure that council business is transparent.

"We know that not everyone can come to these meetings, so watching online is a great way to improve people's access to local government and understand how decisions are made."

People who want to watch the meeting and hear the debates can tune in online, either live or at a more convenient time to suit them, at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

The Council's twitter account @MyWakefield will also provide live updates during the Cabinet meetings, just like it does at Full Council and Cabinet on Tour meetings.

For meeting agendas and the dates of all Cabinet meetings visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/council

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