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Dec 13 2014

Another @harrow_council Cock Up: Publishing Agendas AFTER Meetings

harrow_council_logoSome days, it seems that everything we write is lambasting the council for cock up after cock up. But here’s another one.

The Council is keen to minimise the amount of paper is produces, especially for cabinet meetings, where the papers can run to close on a thousand pages. So, it uses a suite of software called modern.gov to make these paper available online and on iPads for all and sundry – residents, as well as councillors to use. All good so far.

However, for this to work, it does need to publish those papers online before meetings commence – in fact, publishing them several hours ahead of a meeting would be good, so that the public have the ability to read them before the meeting. After all, councillors get them – why should these be hidden from residents?

The most recent example of this is the Supplemental Agenda from the cabinet meeting which kicked off at 6.30 on Thursday, only to have the supplement published almost three and a half hours after the meeting started, and quite possibly after it had finished:

20141212_agenda_lateWhether this is a failing of the officer concerned, flaky IT, bad planning, or what – is all unknown. But if the council really does want to minimise paper usage, and act in an open and transparent manner, it needs to sort out how it publishes information for residents to read.

 

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