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Councillors set for a first-ever remotely-held Full Council meeting

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SWANSEA councillors are having a Full Council meeting this week which is set to take place entirely online.

Seventy-one councillors will be involved in the meeting.  Members of the public will be able to tune into the event on June 4 at 10.30am.

Although a number of other council meetings, including two Cabinet meetings, have taken place online since the start of the pandemic, this will be the first Full Council meeting to be staged 'remotely' using the Microsoft Teams service.

Local authorities are allowed to hold remote meetings under Welsh Government regulations introduced on April 22.

Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said: "Traditionally local authorities are required by law to hold physical meetings, where members have to be present in the meeting room to be part of proceedings.

"Like so many other things, that's all changed due to Coronavirus. The Welsh Government temporarily removed the legal requirement so that local democracy could continue to be done during the lockdown.

"By allowing the meeting to take place remotely it means that any councillor who has to self-isolate or shield themselves can attend and make a contribution without leaving home.

"It also means that the public can tune in, just as they were able to do when Full Council meetings were broadcast on our webcast system."

To tune in on Thursday click on this link http://bitly.ws/8EdG

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