Register for digital council papers (Modern.Gov)

We use a system called to provide councillors with papers digitally – rather than printing them out and posting them to you – this saves time, resources and energy. Using Modern.Gov, you can search documents, make notes, bookmark key pages, highlight key parts and be even more efficient in council meetings – rather than thumbing through pages, folding down corners and scribbling on notes or relying on post-its to find key points.

Get yourself a mobile device

The council does not provide councillors with computers or mobile devices – instead we provide you with an annual allowance, within your member allowance, so you can choose one that best suits your needs.

If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to get yourself a mobile device with wifi connectivity (essential).

We recommend a decent sized tablet with wifi connectivity (essential), but you can also access the system on both IOS and android phones, but it might be hard to read on smaller devices.

If you need any advice on the best device to choose, please email

Register for Modern.Gov

Once you have a device, you will need to and download the relevant Modern.Gov app, so you can access digital papers for council meetings

The app allows you to make notes on reports, highlight bits, share comments and store annotations for future reference.

To get up to speed on using the system, or if you have any issues that will prevent you from accessing council papers through a mobile app, just book an appointment with

Our team will be on hand at the member induction sessions

  • Wednesday 10 May – 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday 11 May – 6pm – 8pm

We will be able to help you get started with Modern.Gov and to show you how to fill in your online register of interests. We recommend you bring your chosen mobile device with you.

About Modern.Gov

We publish all council papers, agendas, minutes and decision notices to a searchable library on Modern.Gov.

Whilst the Modern.Gov look just like our website, you are able to search for issues (such as tracking a certain decision/key word) or look up what a particular committee has considered in a few simple steps – visit the search.

Why not take a look around?

You can take a look around the Modern.Gov web pages:

The system also records register of interests and council meeting attendance on an ongoing basis, so is far more open and transparent.