COVID-19: Councillors and local democracy

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Urgent Decision Making Guidance

In accordance with government guidelines and our constitution, we will follow Urgent Decision Making Guidance during this period. Please see any officer decisions taken during this time.

Council meetings during COVID-19

It's crucial that residents, organisations and councillors across York can engage with 'council business'. We're using safe and secure virtual meetings during coronavirus lockdown so we can move forward as a council, operating transparently and effectively to serve our residents. Read our Amendment to Standing Orders for Procedure Rules and Guidance for Remote Meetings.

To speak at council meetings contact our Democratic Services Team, as usual, to register; you'll be provided further details on how to 'dial in' and contribute.

While some meetings have been cancelled, the number of remote public meetings will increase in coming weeks; dates and times will be publicised on our social media channels, with agendas published online.

We have updated our guidance on how we will deliver scrutiny during this period.

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Ask the leaders

#AskTheLeaders Q&A

We're holding regular live #AskTheLeaders coronavirus question and answer sessions via our Facebook page.

Taking part in Ask The Leaders

Residents can interact with #AskTheLeaders sessions by either submitting questions in advance by email:, or commenting on the live Facebook video. Questions may be answered by theme rather than individually, so that the conversation covers as many topics as possible. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live video. However, you'll need a Facebook account to comment, if you've not submitted questions in advance by email.

Recent question and answer sessions

We held an Ask The Leaders live-stream on 19 May, which provided the opportunity to ask some of our leaders any questions you had; watch here:

See recordings of previous Ask The Leader sessions:

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Elections scheduled for May 2020 have been postponed, including the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election.

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Freedom of Information responses, complaints and feedback

We may take longer to respond to your data protection requests, information requests, complaints, or feedback.

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Also see

City of York Council

West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551550