By Claire West

The Local Government Association has published advice on how councils should publish their spending of more than £500 online.The advice is a practical user’s guide to help councils make the information they provide as transparent and user-friendly as possible.

Baroness Margaret Eaton, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

“Local government is absolutely committed to the highest standards of transparency. Councils have been leading the way in giving taxpayers real, detailed and vital information about how their money is spent.

“All public bodies must be scrutinised for the spending decisions they make, and the LGA is publishing advice to help councils pioneer an approach of openness and accountability.

“Councils are accountable to local people and always strive to keep in close touch with residents to ensure they deliver the best and most efficient services possible.”