Pushing for transparency in Nottingham

May 14, 2012 6:01 PM

After weeks of heavy rain, the sun shone in Nottingham at the weekend where TPA activists were collecting more signatures for our petition calling on the city council to publish online spending above £500. Perhaps it was an omen, as the disinfectant of light certainly needs to shine through the corridors of power. Recently, Jeannie Packer, a former Lord Mayor resigned from the ruling group. This is part of what she had to say:
I believe the council is poorer for the way it is governed. More needs to be done to make the council more democratic and accountable. The council lacks transparency and proper scrutiny. I find Nottingham City Council to be a secretive council...

After the dismal turnout at the recent local elections, it is clear people feel disengaged from the political process. It is vital we know more about how our money is spent. It is vital the army of armchair auditors are allowed to do their job.

The political leadership in Nottingham says it cannot afford to publish spending online, despite every other council in England managing to do so. Despite those assertions, it can still find money to support a 'Warming up for Wimbledon' campaign. They even erected temporary tennis courts in Old Market Square.

It is all about priorities. As Cllr Packer said, Nottingham City Council lacks transparency and proper scrutiny. This suits the political leadership as they can spend our money anyway they like and more or less get away with it. If they have nothing to hide, they should publish spending and give the rest of us the opportunity to either agree or disagree with them.

After weeks of heavy rain, the sun shone in Nottingham at the weekend where TPA activists were collecting more signatures for our petition calling on the city council to publish online spending above £500. Perhaps it was an omen, as the disinfectant of light certainly needs to shine through the corridors of power. Recently, Jeannie Packer, a former Lord Mayor resigned from the ruling group. This is part of what she had to say:
I believe the council is poorer for the way it is governed. More needs to be done to make the council more democratic and accountable. The council lacks transparency and proper scrutiny. I find Nottingham City Council to be a secretive council...

After the dismal turnout at the recent local elections, it is clear people feel disengaged from the political process. It is vital we know more about how our money is spent. It is vital the army of armchair auditors are allowed to do their job.

The political leadership in Nottingham says it cannot afford to publish spending online, despite every other council in England managing to do so. Despite those assertions, it can still find money to support a 'Warming up for Wimbledon' campaign. They even erected temporary tennis courts in Old Market Square.

It is all about priorities. As Cllr Packer said, Nottingham City Council lacks transparency and proper scrutiny. This suits the political leadership as they can spend our money anyway they like and more or less get away with it. If they have nothing to hide, they should publish spending and give the rest of us the opportunity to either agree or disagree with them.

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