Webcasting trials coming to Council meetings

The Council will be tendering in the coming weeks for a provider to carry out a pilot of webcasting from full Council meetings. The trial will take place over the next year, with material being available to stream and download afterwards.

Council Leader Cllr Andrew Burns said: "I welcome the fact that we are going to trial this method which should improve the openness and transparency of how the Council carries out its business. Webcasting is provided by many other authorities and is seen as an important service to the public. It's really important that our communities have a greater chance to participate in local democracy, and being able to observe Council meetings through webcasting is an important step in that direction."

Alastair Maclean, Head of Corporate Governance, said: "As well as providing the people of Edinburgh with greater access to how decisions are made for the city, this will also provide a more complete record of council meetings. We will need to assess how the pilot goes and see both if we want to continue it for full Council meetings and if it should be extended to other committees."

The tender document will set out the scope of the project in more detail. The pilot will begin in the autumn with a technical test of an actual Council meeting followed by a full launch.

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