Cllr Máire Hendron said: “While we need to make the Council accessible to the public, spending £20,000 annually on broadcasting Council meetings on the website would not be the best use of public money. We have community groups across the city that deliver important services who are crying out for money to ensure they can survive.
“While I can see the possible merit of this idea in the future, in the current financial climate I believe that this money could be better spent in other areas. Currently the public can attend council meetings and has access to all the minutes on the Council website.
“Resources in local government are very scarce and we need to use them as effectively as possible to ensure that we can maintain important public services. I could provide a list of groups who desperately need funding and for councillors to decide to spend £20,000 each year for the next three on broadcasting the Council on the internet, would be wrong.”