Councils can publish more spending information

December 02, 2011 7:30 AM

When asked by the Department for Communities and Local Government to publish all spending to suppliers over £500, all but Nottingham City Council did so. Of those that did, there are still some issues regarding how the data is put online.

This degree of transparency is still in its infancy though, and will hopefully become more efficient and more meaningful in some areas. After all, allowing residents to properly analyse spending without having to wade through a maze of indecipherable data is the whole point.

Some councils are going beyond the £500 limit. Hammersmith and Fulham have recently published all spending, not just to suppliers and not just over £500. They have acknowledged the benefit of this exercise to taxpayers and ultimately to the council themselves.

While they admit there are limitations to the data at this early stage, it is undoubtedly a big undertaking and one which we would encourage all other councils to follow.When asked by the Department for Communities and Local Government to publish all spending to suppliers over £500, all but Nottingham City Council did so. Of those that did, there are still some issues regarding how the data is put online.

This degree of transparency is still in its infancy though, and will hopefully become more efficient and more meaningful in some areas. After all, allowing residents to properly analyse spending without having to wade through a maze of indecipherable data is the whole point.

Some councils are going beyond the £500 limit. Hammersmith and Fulham have recently published all spending, not just to suppliers and not just over £500. They have acknowledged the benefit of this exercise to taxpayers and ultimately to the council themselves.

While they admit there are limitations to the data at this early stage, it is undoubtedly a big undertaking and one which we would encourage all other councils to follow.

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