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Council publishes spending, but with four month lag

Yesterday Ealing Council left it to the last possible moment to publish details of its expenditure on items costing over £500 as required by the new government. They were required to do it by 31st January and just managed it after close of business yesterday, see here.

The presentation of the information is slightly confusing. The spreadsheets relate to quarter 1 and quarter 2 of the 2010-11 financial year which started in April. So this data covers mainly April to September 2010 but there are a large number of transactions pre-dating the period and a few from after!

I am surprised that they think that they can get away with a four month lag in the publication of data. I am sorry but this shows a sod you attitude on the part of the Labour administration and the Council’s officers. I might accept a one month lag but they really should be able to put up the last quarter’s data within a month of the end of the quarter.

One reply on “Council publishes spending, but with four month lag”

Phil

That Redaction word appears quite frequently.

Do you know enough about the process to consider whether the frequency is justified?

Thanks

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