An update on Hull City Council publishing all spending online

February 04, 2011 4:30 PM

When I wrote on Wednesday that Hull City Council was now publishing all spending online, it seems I was misinformed.

I was told last year this was the plan, and when I saw spending published below the £500 threshold I checked to make sure this was the council's policy. Although this was confirmed, all is not what it seems. The council is publishing spending above £500, and breaking it down into component parts - hence spending detailed below £500. It has confirmed to me it intends to go live with all spending in April. Hopefully there will not be any delays.

This is still good news, and the council has also said it will clarify this on its website. It has also taken on board my observations regarding redacted information, and will make clear on the website why this has happened. Time will tell if their reasons are valid, however on face value it seems to be trying to be as open and transparent as it can be.When I wrote on Wednesday that Hull City Council was now publishing all spending online, it seems I was misinformed.

I was told last year this was the plan, and when I saw spending published below the £500 threshold I checked to make sure this was the council's policy. Although this was confirmed, all is not what it seems. The council is publishing spending above £500, and breaking it down into component parts - hence spending detailed below £500. It has confirmed to me it intends to go live with all spending in April. Hopefully there will not be any delays.

This is still good news, and the council has also said it will clarify this on its website. It has also taken on board my observations regarding redacted information, and will make clear on the website why this has happened. Time will tell if their reasons are valid, however on face value it seems to be trying to be as open and transparent as it can be.

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