The Government continues to promote bloggers and hyperlocal news-sites with a missive from Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, urging councils to ensure they are given full access to council meetings.
A letter sent to councils says bloggers should have the same routine access to meetings as traditional journalists.
In the past, the Government has encouraged bloggers to scrutinise town hall spending. Ministers have ordered authorities to publish every item of expenditure above Â£500, and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles hopes bloggers will plough through the information and highlight inefficiencies or abuses.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued a press release about allowing bloggers access to meetings, which I reprint below: