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Which meetings permit the use of photography, filming and use of social media, who can be filmed and exceptional meetings where filming cannot take place.
Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?
Yes, during meetings that are open to the public, under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 you can:
Verbal reporting or verbal commentary on a meeting as it takes place by a person present at the meeting is not permitted.
The chairman has the right to terminate or suspend proceedings should such activities cause disruption during the meeting.
Closed or private meetings (due to the discussion of confidential or exempt information) cannot be filmed or audio recorded, nor can members of the public be in attendance.
Please note: should you wish to film, record or photograph open meetings we kindly request that you contact democratic services in advance so that suitable provision can be made.
When filming, photographing or recording meetings, you should focus on recording councillors, officers and the individuals who are directly involved in the conduct of the meeting. Members of the public who do not wish to be filmed or photographed should have their wishes adhered to.
Councils are required to provide 'reasonable facilities' to facilitate the recording of meetings, such as a designated space to view and hear the meeting, seats and, where space allows, a desk.
Can I object to being filmed/photographed during meetings?
Members of the public who do not wish to be filmed during meetings should make this known to the committee manager or chairman and those filming, photographing or recording meetings should respect those wishes.
Are there any meetings I can’t record, film or take photographs in?
Where the meeting contains exempt information as set out in the Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, the committee may agree to formally exclude the press and public from the meeting, thus terminating the recording/filming of the meeting.
What is classed as 'exempt information'?
The exempt information set out at Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 Act is as follows:
Who should I contact if I want to film, record or take photographs during a meeting?
If you wish to film, record or take photographs during open meetings please contact democratic services in advance of the meeting so that suitable provision can be made:
Tel: (01482) 393201/7