No other book covers the subject of local authority meetings in as practical or as broad a manner. Knowles provides an analysis of the framework within which local authority meetings are held, commentary on the rights and duties of members, officers and the public at meetings and guidance on the practical conduct of meetings.
Local authority law and practice continues to change at pace, and these changes are fully incorporated in the new edition of Knowles.
Amendments to the text take into account changing models of governance and evolving working practices recently adopted by local authorities, including:
- Developing law and practice under The Localism Act 2011
- Standing orders and the authority’s constitution
- Various approaches to members’ codes of conduct
- Individual decision making and the importance of the clerk’s role in quality control, the decision maker’s report and recording decisions
- The Cities and Devolution Act 2016.
Featured throughout are relevant case histories and illustrations of model documents and procedures. An extensive list of appendices providing reference to key codes, notices and regulations is also included.
The author, Philip McCourt, is a chartered secretary and solicitor by training, and has worked in local government since 1988, latterly as a consultant. He has contributed to a number of publications on local government.
- All democratic services officers
- Local authority solicitors
- Legal officers at Councils
- Supporting Officers at Councils
- Anyone dealing with committee practice within a local authority environment.
- Association of Democratic Services Officers’ members
1. Current framework
2. Standing orders
3. Admission of Press and public
4. Local authority membership
5. The role of officers
Part 2: Council Meetings
8. Council minutes
Part 3: Committee Practice
9. The committee system
10. Work before meetings
11. Work at meetings
12. Work after meetings
Part 4: Miscellaneous Meetings
13. Meetings for special purposes Meetings of other public bodies