Summary

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Government’s transparency agenda concluding that while it has met the majority of its commitments, large quantities of raw data are being released without ensuring that it is fit for purpose; with the Government yet to develop a full understanding of the cost and benefits of making information transparent.

– The report also makes a number of observations about how transparency is working in local government notably around consistency between councils and whether the information being published (or not) is supporting user choice.

– This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and senior officers both in corporate services (particularly in procurement, HR, finance and communication) and frontline services.

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