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Paper agenda rule scrapped

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Local government minister Kris Hopkins has scrapped rules that require councils to send councillors paper copies of agendas.

The Department for Communities & Local Government said ending the 40-year-old rule would speed up the democratic process and reduce costs by enabling councils to send out papers electronically unless councillors specifically requested otherwise.

Mr Hopkins said: “This government is determined to bust barriers to modernisation in local government therefore it is only right councils should be able to issue agendas electronically, whilst ensuring councillors continue to have access to hard copy papers if they wish.”

The change come into force on 30 January and will cover both principal and parish councils.

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