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Improved transparency for local government

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 will place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014, administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government, sets out the minimum data that local authorities should publish, the frequency it should be published and how it should be published.

This recent development means that the government can now obtain evidence about whether its 'open public services' plans are working. It will mean that councils are required to publish the charity or company number of organisations that it awards contracts to. The code has been released in order to give more control to citizens so as to increase democratic accountability. It will make it simpler for communities to contribute to local decision making whilst also helping shape public services.

In order to remain transparent, councils must adhere to 3 key principles of transparency when publishing data. These are:

  • Respond to public demand
  • Release data in open formats available for re-use
  • Release data in a timely way.

This transparency of data will encourage local authorities to use data as a valuable resource to partners and local people.

Please visit the dedicated DCLG page for more information.

Source: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/05/28/the-five-minute-policy-manager-may-2014/