Guidance on Communities and Local Government and Government Offices spending data 2010-11
HM Treasury (HMT) require that all central government departments should publish details of their April - September 2010 spend transaction over £25k by the end of October 2010, and, thereafter, publish monthly data by the 15th working day of each month.
Local Authorities will follow a similar process but will be required to publish spend over the lower £500 threshold from January 2011.
The CLG ALB’s will each be responsible for publishing their own spend data, both on their own website and data.gov, and will publish April - September 2010 spend data at the end of October 2010, in line with other government departments.
Points to note on this report:
- Currently listed below are the spending reports for Q1 July - September 2010.
- Over £500 Transparency Spend Data is taken from SAP’s General Ledger payment transactions.
- As required by HMT, the data relates to Accounts Payable payment and credit note transactions for grants and procurement spend, recorded at the time the transaction was processed on SAP. The data excludes any subsequent journal transactions and Accounts Receivable receipts.
- There remains however uncertainty about whether it is reasonable to publish staff expenses more than £500, as proposed by HMT, on grounds of public interest. We are seeking Legal opinion before the second publication in October.
- Although the data is being circulated for review in Excel format, grouped by Directorate, the data will be published on the CLG website in CSV and Excel format in payment date sequence.
- From October the data will be published on the Data.Gov website, in a consistent format prescribed by HMT
- Although these figures cover the period since the new Government took office, much of the spend in this quarter relates to commitments made by the previous administration, as the figures reflect when an invoice is received from the supplier, rather than when the actual expenditure was incurred. Some ongoing expenditure is also tied into long-term contracts signed by the previous administration.