Friday, January 27, 2012

Lets keep it all secret!

The Coalition Government has a Transparency Agenda to make itself and local government as transparent as they could be. On the Communities website the following is said:

Local government transparency

Getting council business out in the open will revolutionise local government and enable the Big Society. Transparency is the foundation of accountability. It is also a powerful means of promoting efficiency, without requiring the heavy-handed intervention of an unaccountable bureaucracy.

Local people should be able to hold politicians and public bodies to account over how their council tax is being spent, and decisions made on their behalf. This will work in tandem with decentralisation to foster a new spirit of local enterprise; allowing local institutions to compete, innovate and diversify increasing the accountability of councils to their residents.

So when HDC looks into how the Leisure Services are being run and the finances the deliberations and reports remain secret. Hardly transparent. The public is hardly able to ...hold politicians and public bodies to account... when all this is discussed behind closed doors.
As seems to be the case, this Conservative run Council is picking and choosing when it comes to Conservative Government policies. One like transparency and New Homes Bonus it simply ignores.

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