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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Posted by davidburbage on August 15, 2010

The Audit Commission has been / is to be abolished ! Well done Eric, another bit of bureaucracy swept away. According to media reports, they had resisted the sunlight of openness being shone towards their innards.

Even Labour MPs are now  welcoming quarterly publication of expenditure over £500 – this is some going for a simple Cllr Burbage council motion – I set the pace in February 2009 :

RESOLVED: That this Council, believing in accountability to the taxpayer,

notes the recent campaign by the Taxpayers Alliance and George Osborne MP to ensure greater disclosure of public finances:

further notes that they want to see revenue and capital items of expenditure £25,000 published.

This Council resolves to exceed this ambition by publishing as much data of spending over £500 as is legally possible quarterly in arrears;

requests the Leader and Cabinet ensure that the information is published in a timely fashion.

[From Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council Minutes 24th February 2009]

 Where will it end ?!


One Response to “Transparency”

  1. There is an interesting piece in the latest Economist demonstrating that the UK has the second highest level of central government spending as a % of total government spending in the OECD, beaten only by New Zealand.

    Perhaps the transparency and devolution of power will lead to a vastly devolved spend that will lead to local entrepreneurs bidding for and in fact being created and sustained by the knowledge that they can provide a service more cheaply than a centralised large corporate with high overheads.

    You can be rightly proud of having set the pace. With RBWM now piloting the devolution of spend the opportunity is there to ensure that small local business can compete on an open playing field for council procurement spending.

    Web based competitive tendering and ensuring that qualifying as a Council supplier is easy will mean it is not just the large corporates who can bid for work. Local entrepreneurs means the profits are earned locally.

    You could consider setting up free or cheap access to standard form contracts and HSSE documentation so the boilerplate policies and procedures that larger enterprises are so good at demonstrating can be delivered, where absolutely necessary, by smaller local enterprises as well as larger businesses.

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