Local Government Association defends transparency

16 Dec

Responding to the publication of DCLG’s revised Transparency Code, Cllr Tim Cheetham, Transparency Lead on the Local Government Association’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said:

“Local government is the most open and transparent part of the public sector and councils already publish information on budgets and revenues, performance, salaries, assets and annual parking reports. This allows residents to democratically hold them to account and helps drive innovation and efficiencies.

“The LGA has also recently introduced our new LG Inform online public tool that makes it easier for councils to generate and publish reports about how their services are performing.

“The greatest barrier for councils is a lack of resources to prepare and publish data at a time when having to protect vital services while managing a 43 per cent reduction in funding. We are pleased that Government has recognised this by reducing their original proposals but councils need a firm commitment that they will receive adequate funding to cover these new expectations.”

– See more at: http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-releases/-/journal_content/56/10180/5762321/NEWS#sthash.IKhkUfPM.dpuf

One question for East Devon: if it is currently unable to extend (or perhaps better say commence) transparency due to a 43% fall in funding: what the heck is it doing spending millions on a new HQ?   How can they say this will be cost- neutral when they don’t know how many more cuts are coming?

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One Response to “Local Government Association defends transparency”

  1. Tim December 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    So open and transparent some councils, including EDDC, won’t even record who voted against a motion for a recorded vote!
    The ability to know how any councillor votes on any matter is a fundamental requirement for openness and transparency

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