Improving local government transparency: Consultation

news in briefThe Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) have opened a consultation today on improving local government transparency.

Following the publication of the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency in September 2011, CLG are planning to make the Code a legal requirement via regulations, subject to consultation.

The consultation is open until 20 December, 2012. Compact Voice asked CLG how they were intending to ensure that their engagement was meaningful, given the shorter time frame, and we received the following in response:

“It is the Department's view that 8 weeks is appropriate for this consultation which is not for a new Code, but for a review of the existing Recommended Code. When the Recommended Code was published in September 2011, Ministers said it would be reviewed within 18 months of publication and that is why we are consulting.

We have alerted various partners in different ways. For example, all local authorities were alerted and emails have been sent to a number of people and organisations to draw their attention to the publication. Local authorities and a number of organisations, including the Local Data Panel, have been made aware of the consultation for a while now. It was also trailed in a couple of Sunday papers recently. We plan to engage with key partners during the consultation period."

 

Find out more and read the consultation documents on CLG's website.

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