More councils have still not published spending online

January 27, 2011 12:26 PM

Yesterday, I wrote about Bradford Council deciding to delay publishing its spending above £500. This morning I was interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds, who told me Leeds and Kirklees councils have not as yet published their spending. It seems those two councils will just meet the deadline, however all councils have had since June last year to prepare themselves. Anyone with basic computer knowledge will tell you this is not a difficult process. Councils do not have any excuses. This information should be online now.

To give you an example, there are five councils in Suffolk who have yet to comply. They are: Suffolk Coastal, St Edmundsbury, Ipswich, Waveney, and Suffolk County Council.

In Berkshire, the leader of Wokingham Borough Council said finance openness 'is not a priority' and last week in the House of Commons, Helen Goodman, the MP for Bishop Auckland, accused Eric Pickles of 'pointless posturing' over his demands to publish spending. It is worth noting this is the same MP who claimed £600 in expenses to pay her husband to advise her on the running of her office. 

 The Department for Communities and Local Government has a list of councils who have published their spending.  If your council is not on the list, contact them to find out why not. One thing is for certain, we will continue to campaign vigorously to make sure all councils comply. It is our money and we have a right to know how it is spent.Yesterday, I wrote about Bradford Council deciding to delay publishing its spending above £500. This morning I was interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds, who told me Leeds and Kirklees councils have not as yet published their spending. It seems those two councils will just meet the deadline, however all councils have had since June last year to prepare themselves. Anyone with basic computer knowledge will tell you this is not a difficult process. Councils do not have any excuses. This information should be online now.

To give you an example, there are five councils in Suffolk who have yet to comply. They are: Suffolk Coastal, St Edmundsbury, Ipswich, Waveney, and Suffolk County Council.

In Berkshire, the leader of Wokingham Borough Council said finance openness 'is not a priority' and last week in the House of Commons, Helen Goodman, the MP for Bishop Auckland, accused Eric Pickles of 'pointless posturing' over his demands to publish spending. It is worth noting this is the same MP who claimed £600 in expenses to pay her husband to advise her on the running of her office. 

 The Department for Communities and Local Government has a list of councils who have published their spending.  If your council is not on the list, contact them to find out why not. One thing is for certain, we will continue to campaign vigorously to make sure all councils comply. It is our money and we have a right to know how it is spent.

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