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RESIDENTS can watch the debates at full meetings of a South Yorkshire council from their living rooms.

Barnsley Council is uploading webcasts of its monthly meetings which people can view online, with the first taking place tomorrow, from 10.30am.

The service was not available while Barnsley Town Hall was being renovated but internet users can now watch and listen to debates in the council chamber live.

Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Dorothy Higginbottom, said: “This service gives the people of Barnsley a greater opportunity to learn more about the decisions that affect them.

“It’s also about increasing openness, accountability and, hopefully, giving an understanding how local government works.”