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My local town council are thinking of banning any public questions during town council meetings. They are suggesting that the public write any questions at least 7 days before the meeting.

Are the council allowed to ban any questions at meetings.

Thank you
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Yes.  Public question time at Town/Parish Council meetings is not a mandatory legislative obligation.
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As far as I am aware there is no legislation that requires/compels councils to conduct any form of public participation session. So should a council collectively (via a majority) agree to the approach you have outlined they are perfectly within their right to do so. That been said personally its not something I could ever support.  This tier of local government should be doing everything it can to really connect with our residents & embrace openness and transparency.
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However, if you are using the model standing orders, you will need to remove or modify 3e-k, as they give the public the right to speak.
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