Local Government Finance

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he expects local authorities to make savings consequent on the publication of details of all purchases from suppliers of items over £500.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Local people should be able to hold politicians and public bodies to account over how their money is being spent and how decisions are being made on their behalf. We expect the publication of details of all purchases from suppliers of items over £500 to unleash an army of 'armchair auditors' who will ensure councils push for the best value for money. In addition by making clear what councils are spending their money on, opportunities will arise for new providers to propose new ways to do things more efficiently and cheaply.

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