Local government has undergone a process of modernisation over recent years, starting with the Local Government Act 2000 and the establishment of the new systems of local government decision-making. The book provides an analysis of the framework within which local authority meetings are held, the rights and duties of members, officers and the public at meetings and the practical conduct of meetings. This new edition has been updated to include: The new Model Code of Conduct for officers The impact of recent case law such as Livingstone v Adjudication Panel for England Interpretation and guidance on bias and predetermination Changes to accessunder the Freedom of Information legislation The Local Government Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, which received Royal Assent on 30 October 2007. Featured throughout are relevant case histories and illustrations of model documents and procedures. An extensive list of appendices providing reference to key codes, notices and regulations is also included. This book will help you make certain that your meetings comply with legal requirements, and adopt best practice, thereby insuring that decisions made are valid and sound.