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Who’s Accountable?

January 5, 2015

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published its report: ‘Who’s accountable? Relationships between Government and arm’s-length bodies’ on 10 November 2014. This briefing gives an overview of the conclusions and recommendations of the report. This briefing will be of interest to elected members and a broad spectrum of officers, in…

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NAO report – Assurance to Parliament on local government funding

July 31, 2014

On 25 June, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report “Local government funding: Assurance to Parliament”. The report examines funding granted to local authorities in 2013-14, considering the mechanisms in place to ensure value for money and that it is spent legally and “regularly” (including considering conditions attached to…

Open Government Partnership UK National Action Plan 2013 to 2015

December 16, 2013

The UK government published its Open Government Partnership (OGP) UK Action Plan 2013 to 2015 on 31 October 2013 at the Annual Summit 2013 in London. The action plan outlines twenty one government commitments to improve transparency, participation and accountability. The government published its first OGP National Action Plan in…

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

September 30, 2013

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.

On Your Radar April 2013

April 16, 2013

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. Upcoming briefings…

Public Accounts Committee report – Implementing the transparency agenda

October 1, 2012

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Government’s transparency agenda concluding that while it has met the majority of its commitments, large quantities of raw data are being released without ensuring that it is fit for purpose; with the Government yet to develop a full understanding of…

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Pickles invites bloggers deeper into the Town Hall

August 23, 2012 by Rob Dale

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, seems to love transparency. Back in June 2010 he asked councils to publish all spending data over £500. His department matched it and just last week announced they were lowering the threshold by half. Yesterday Mr. Pickles attacked the BBC,…

Soon all spending data over £250 will be published online

August 15, 2012 by Rob Dale

Since August 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government  has been publishing details of all goods and services spent over £500 – matching a demand it made of councils in June of that year. Now it appears Eland House is upping the ante. A press release came out today…

What Impact Has FoI Had on Local Democracy?

December 19, 2011 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published by the Huffington Post. Last week the Constitution Unit at UCL published a fascinating report, Town Hall Transparency, assessing the impact that Freedom of Information has had on local democracy and government in England. The study found that local government receives the majority of FoI requests…

C’llr Awards 2012: Scrutineer of the Year

November 18, 2011 by John Wilesmith

As the judges of last year’s Scrutineer of the Year award observed, it can be hard to pin-down exactly what we mean when we talk about ‘effective scrutiny’. On the one hand, we might view scrutiny as a purely process-oriented endeavour, at its most effective when ensuring that rules and…

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