Eric Pickles has announced that new provisions will be added to the Local Audit and Accountability Bill, set to be debated by MPs on Monday, that will allow residents, bloggers and journalists to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings in England.
This announcement follows last year's change in the law to force councils to open their executive meetings to the public, but many councils have steadfastly refused to allow recording of other council sessions.
Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:
"This is a welcome move by the Government. I have seen first hand how selective enforcement of rules prohibiting recording of council sessions is used to stymie debate and shut down discussion of issues uncomfortable to the Labour-dominated Manchester City Council."
"Enabling everybody to record and report on the official meetings of local councils is vital to making sure that they are working in the interests of local residents and businesses. Local authorities must be transparent and accountable at all times, not just during election periods."
Loz Kaye is the Pirate Party candidate in the upcoming council by-election in Manchester Ancoats and Clayton.