Feeds

Pickles throws down gauntlet on council data

Open up your books to the interwebs or else

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Eric Pickles has told more than 200 "slow coach councils" that they must put spending data online or face the consequences.

The local government secretary reminded them that they have until the end of January to publish data about spending of £500 or more.

This includes publishing details of senior pay and councillor expenses, plus minutes of meetings, and data about frontline services of potential interest to citizens.

Six months ago, Pickles wrote to all councils calling on them to open their files to make local government spending more transparent and show waste is being eradicated.

"New Year is traditionally a time when the country sets its goals for the year ahead.

"In 2011 I would like to see every council make their New Year's resolution to cut more waste and fully open their books up to public scrutiny," Pickles said.

According to Communities and Local Government (CLG), research by Experian has revealed that town halls could be wasting nearly £150m on duplicate payments.

Pickles praised the 144 councils that have already put their data online, but warned those that have failed to act that they will face tough questions from residents and that he will take action.

A CLG spokesperson told GC News that it is planning to issue a code of practice for local authorities that will set out what will happen if they do not comply.

This article was originally published at Kable.

Kable's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart
Mega-costly gas 'n' 'leccy totting-up tech not worth it - Tory MP
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.