To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will extend the provisions of the Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations 2020 to allow local authorities to conduct meetings remotely beyond May 2021.
1 February 2021
To extend the facility for councils to continue to meet remotely, or in hybrid form after 7 May 2021 would require primary legislation.
There is no option to extend the current regulations under the Coronavirus Act 2020 as section 78 (2) contains the sunset date of 7 May 2021.
There is considerable pressure on the Government’s legislative programme, but the Government is carefully considering next steps in this area.