Government transparency

The Government believes that we need to throw open the doors of public bodies, to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account. We also recognise that this will help to deliver better value for money in public spending, and help us achieve our aim of cutting the record deficit. Setting government data free will bring significant economic benefits by enabling businesses and non-profit organisations to build innovative applications and websites.

  • We will require public bodies to publish online the job titles of every member of staff and the salaries and expenses of senior officials paid more than the lowest salary permissible in Pay Band 1 of the Senior Civil Service pay scale, and organograms that include all positions in those bodies.
  • We will require anyone paid more than the Prime Minister in the centrally funded public sector to have their salary signed off by the Treasury.
  • We will regulate lobbying through introducing a statutory register of lobbyists and ensuring greater transparency.
  • We will also pursue a detailed agreement on limiting donations and reforming party funding in order to remove big money from politics.
  • We will strengthen the powers of Select Committees to scrutinise major public appointments.
  • We will introduce new protections for whistleblowers in the public sector.
  • We will take steps to open up government procurement and reduce costs; and we will publish government ICT contracts online.
  • We will create a level playing field for open-source software and will enable large ICT projects to be split into smaller components.
  • We will require full, online disclosure of all central government spending and contracts over £25,000.
  • We will create a new ‘right to data’ so that government-held datasets can be requested and used by the public, and then published on a regular basis.
  • We will require all councils to publish meeting minutes and local service and performance data.
  • We will require all councils to publish items of spending above £500, and to publish contracts and tender documents in full.
  • We will ensure that all data published by public bodies is published in an open and standardised format, so that it can be used easily and with minimal cost by third parties.

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  1. Jason Farmer says:

    I don’t need servants, nevertheless you are public servants, a government’s job is to do the will of the people. A government should be afraid of the people.

    I asked my father a question when I was about 8 (27 years ago now) – why does there have to be an “opposition” in parliament why not just take the best ideas of everyone and make those work?

    This government is the closest I have got to that question been answered, I support the coalition but not actually either party, I support coalition government, because frankly some of the ideas that each individual party has are scary! Being forced to compromise generally looses the more extreme ideas. To that end we need to see an end to FPtP, and we need to accept that no single party should ever be allowed sole government of the country again.

    Lastly, the people should be able to force a government out, it shouldn’t be easy but it should be possible, so that the government remembers that it serves the people and it does not KNOW what is best for the people

  2. Sarah says:

    Its very well and good being transparent but to be honest you have to do it with reason more than just to give us information! David Cameron realsed information about his PR consultant earning £140,000 a year! That is extortionate and something that a whole load of people will be angry about since the cuts are so severe that every is going to have to pay, is the PR Consultant REALLY a nesecity for this country???

    The point I am trying to make is that if you make information accessible but dont do anything about the stuff that people will find abhorant (such as the £140,00 just for PR!) then the gesture is just pure unadulterated arrogance!

  3. we should be using opensource software where possible … no longer pay high prices for software like MS Office … rather where possible look at using tools like OpenOffice.

    this process should be kept open for continual comment. why stop?