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Raft of councils put spend online

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More than 60 councils have put their expenditure over £500 online, the Department for Communities & Local Government has announced.

The list includes a range of large city councils like Birmingham to districts such as North Hertfordshire DC (see full list here).

Meanwhile, the Local Government Group has published new guidance for councils on publishing data. See the guidance here.  

Communities secretary Eric Pickles, who has called on all councils to publish all expenditure over £500 in full by January, said councils that do not comply are denying the public the right to hold their council to account.

Mr Pickles said: “This isn’t another central government box-ticking exercise. The public have a right to see how their council tax is being spent so they know they are getting value for money and the best possible frontline services.

“I want to see an army of ‘Armchair Auditors’ pore over the information and hold their council to account if things are not done right. That means the data also has to be easily accessible: today advice has been published that will help councils yet to comply.

“There are hundreds of computer whizzes who’ll find creative new ways to make that raw data relevant to local life.”

The comments follow DCLG publishing all its spending data online for 2008-09 and for the first quarter of 2010-11 earlier this week.




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