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MP slams ‘ludicrous’ decision to force local councils to meet in person from May

March 26, 2021 1:32 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has criticised Government plans to force local councils to scrap virtual calls and return to face-to-face meetings in person from May.

Last night the minister for Local Government, Luke Hall wrote to council leaders to inform them that emergency legislation allowing virtual council meetings will not be extended beyond May 7th.

Tim said: "Forcing local councils to meet face-to-face in just over a month's time is absolutely ludicrous.

"Making large groups of people meet indoors for meetings which often last more than two hours, when we're trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, is unbelievably daft.

"It should be up to our local councils to decide when it is safe to return - not the Conservative Government."