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Council meetings on your computer

Northamptonshire County Council has announced plans to broadcast meetings live on the internet to make them more accessible.

The council is trialling a scheme which will see three meetings aired via a webcast in February.

It has chosen meetings which will discuss key budget decisions for the coming year for the pilot.

If the webcasts prove popular it said they could become a regular occurrence. The first will be broadcast on Tuesday.

Cllr Jim Harker, the council's leader, said: "I believe it is so important for as many people as possible to get involved in local democracy and see for themselves how decisions are made in the council chamber.

"By broadcasting our meetings we are giving more people the chance to hear what their democratic representatives are saying and how decisions are being made that have a direct impact on their lives."

The series of broadcast meetings begins with a cabinet meeting where councillors will discuss budget proposals.

The full council meeting where the budget will be decided will be broadcast on 26 February.

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