Campaigners congratulate Mike Gapes MP


Campaigners congratulate Mike Gapes MP for backing new move to increase transparency re taxpayers money

Local Works, a national coalition of over 100 organisations including 11 other large national organisations has joined together to congratulate Mike Gapes MP for backing a call to increase transparency on how tax payers’ money is spent in our communities.

Mike Gapes MP has signed House of Commons Early Day Motion No 1064 in support of Local Spending Reports being published to show how taxpayers money is spent locally by central and regional government agencies.

The Sustainable Communities Act of 2007 requires the government to publish Local Spending Reports. Government Ministers categorically promised (see below) that these would show a local breakdown of how ALL taxpayers money is spent - something that has never been done before. However Whitehall officials are resisting this. EDM 1064 supports the Local Spending Reports being published in full as Ministers have promised.

Local Works Campaign Co-ordinator, Steve Shaw, said:
“In these credit-crunch times people are more concerned than ever about their taxes being spent on things that communities really want and need. Government Ministers promised that the Local Spending Reports, required by the Sustainable Communities Act, would show a full breakdown of how all public bodies - including QUANGOs and national agencies - are spending our money in our local areas. This has never been done before. But Whitehall mandarins are snarling things up, so Parliament must act to ensure the figures are fully published. We therefore congratulate Mike Gapes MP for supporting full Local Spending Reports.”

Mike Gapes MP said:
“Local people should also be able to see how their taxes are spent in their communities not just by local councils but also by government agencies and QUANGOs. I therefore support the publishing of the Local Spending Reports in full, as promised by Ministers, and will do all I can to ensure that this happens.”

For more information visit the Local Works website


10 September 2009 


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