Policy

Making local councils more transparent and accountable to local people

Supporting detail:

Local data for Whole of Government Accounts

In accordance with HM Treasury requirements, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) collects returns from English local authorities for whole of government accounts. These are a set of financial accounts for the entire UK public sector. They help Parliament and the public to understand and scrutinise how taxpayers’ money is spent.

English local government is the largest individual component of this set of accounts, including (for the 2011 to 2012 accounts) 448 local government bodies.

Whole of Government Accounts are published by HM Treasury and present public finances in a way that is familiar to the commercial and accountancy professions. This makes information about public finances more transparent and accessible.

DCLG has published Whole of Government Accounts for local government 2010 to 2011

Guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities for completing the Whole of Government Accounts for 2013 to 2014 was published in April 2014.

Guidance for local authorities for previous years is on the National Archives.