COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill

  • enacted
8 Schedule 7 amended

In Schedule 7, after clause 25A, insert:

25B Modifications to clause 25A while epidemic notice in force for COVID-19

(1)

Subclauses (2) to (4) apply instead of clause 25A(1).

(2)

A member of a local authority, or of a committee of a local authority, has, unless lawfully excluded, the right to attend any meeting of the local authority or committee by means of audio link or audiovisual link.

(3)

To that end, a member may attend a meeting by means of audio link or audiovisual link despite—

(a)

clause 27(5)(a); and

(b)

any limitation or condition on the use of an audio link or audiovisual link that is contained in the local authority’s standing orders; and

(c)

anything else to the contrary in the local authority’s standing orders.

(4)

For a Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, the reference in subclause (3) to a local authority’s standing orders includes any standing orders that apply to the Group under section 19 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.

(5)

Subclause (6) applies instead of clause 25A(4).

(6)

A member of the local authority or committee who attends a meeting by means of audio link or audiovisual link, in accordance with this clause, is to be counted as present for the purposes of clause 23.

(7)

This clause is repealed when the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 expires or is revoked.