Thank you to the Painswick parish council team for all that you do locally and for letting me join you last night.
Parish councils are wonderful guardians and champions of our communities. It’s a lot of work & lost evenings. We could not be without them.
Please join your local Parish for meetings when you can & provide support.
I’m still frustrated that no parliamentary time could be found to create the Primary legislation needed to give councils the ongoing option of virtual meetings. I know that many of our local councils wanted to achieve this for the rest of the year.
The Commons schedule is stretched but I understand there was no time in the Lords. Myself & a number of MPs are continuing to argue for lasting change though. I think it could be a game changer for many councils & improve local attendance to have virtual or hybrid meetings. Amongst other benefits, may mean we would see more applications for councillor positions if you can be at home - ie if you have caring responsibilities & wouldn’t normally be able to do evening meetings.
I’ll keep up the fight on this.