Victory in Nottingham

September 03, 2012 12:23 PM

TPA activists held two action days in Nottingham earlier this year, campaigning for Nottingham City Council to publish all spending above £500 online.

Today it has been announced the council is backing down and will now publish spending above £500 online, although the council leader and his deputy have remained silent, and instead have let theacting deputy chief executive, Ian Curryer speak for them. This is part of what he had to say:
The council hasn't backtracked on this issue. Rather than publishing spending over an arbitrary threshold of £500 and having to manage the cost and time associated with administering and collecting information and responding to queries, we have used the opportunity presented by new systems introduced through sharing finance functions with another council to publish all spending data at little or no cost.

The fact is the council has backtracked under pressure, and we are delighted our campaign has worked. Now Nottingham residents will have the same right to scrutinise their council's spending in the same way every resident in every other council in England has been able to do for over a year and a half. This is a great victory for transparency.

A big thank you  to all our supporters who took to the streets and collected signatures for our petition. We couldn't have done it without you.TPA activists held two action days in Nottingham earlier this year, campaigning for Nottingham City Council to publish all spending above £500 online.

Today it has been announced the council is backing down and will now publish spending above £500 online, although the council leader and his deputy have remained silent, and instead have let theacting deputy chief executive, Ian Curryer speak for them. This is part of what he had to say:
The council hasn't backtracked on this issue. Rather than publishing spending over an arbitrary threshold of £500 and having to manage the cost and time associated with administering and collecting information and responding to queries, we have used the opportunity presented by new systems introduced through sharing finance functions with another council to publish all spending data at little or no cost.

The fact is the council has backtracked under pressure, and we are delighted our campaign has worked. Now Nottingham residents will have the same right to scrutinise their council's spending in the same way every resident in every other council in England has been able to do for over a year and a half. This is a great victory for transparency.

A big thank you  to all our supporters who took to the streets and collected signatures for our petition. We couldn't have done it without you.

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