THE Evening Times were denied access to a public meeting yesterday where proposals to end homelessness were discussed.

Glasgow City Integration Joint Board was scheduled to discuss the development of the rapid rehousing transition plan – a national objective to eradicate homelessness within five years.

According to the online schedule, there were 22 items on the agenda.

But we can’t tell you what the outcome of any of the issues as our local democracy reporter was not allowed to attend the meeting.

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During the meeting a protest from the Scottish Tenants Association was scheduled to take place.

The reporter was told she couldn’t enter the meeting because “she was technically with the protest group” - even though she wasn’t.

The four protesters were however, allowed to access to the meeting room before the journalist was asked to leave the building.

Colin Edgar Head of Communications, Glasgow City Council apologised for yesterday’s incident.

He said: “This should not have happened and I am very sorry that it did.

“Of course our meeting are open to press and public, except in very limited circumstances, and that will always be the case.”

It’s the second time in less than a year, a reporter at the Evening Times has had trouble accessing information at public meetings.

In December Inspector Craig Walker, of Police Scotland, was warned at a Glasgow City Council meeting by the clerk not to present crime statistics as a reporter was present.

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Councillors were then informed that they would be given statistics for the north of Glasgow in private.

The Local Democracy Reporting service created new journalism jobs to report on local democracy issues across the UK. The BBC did not have a comment.