ECC Launches Webcast Service

A NEW WEBCASTING SERVICE will show decisions being made which affect 1.3 million Essex County Council residents — with the first broadcast showing the appointment of the new Cabinet.

The service will go live from 10am on Tuesday 16th June, broadcasting coverage of Council meetings and decisions.

New positions will be announced on Tuesday 16th June, at the first Full Council meeting since the public elected the County Council last Thursday. This meeting will see a new Council Cabinet appointed to take decisions over Essex County Council’s £2.1 billion budget on areas including roads, schools, social care, and the environment. The leadership of committees and other key positions within the Council will also be confirmed including the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Leader.

Leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield, said: ‘We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways of connecting and engaging with our residents.

‘We want our webcasting service to become a new tool in local democracy helping residents to lean about the decisions which are being taken on their behalf.

‘Each meeting and debate will be indexed, providing an electronic programme guide, and an advanced search facility will help the viewer to get straight to the information they need.

‘We’d encourage people to give us feedback on the new service and we hope that this brings an even greater understanding of local government and the challenges and opportunities we face to our residents.’

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