15 September 2008
Local authorities will have to publish their efficiency savings on council tax bills if new government proposals are adopted.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation to determine the best way of giving the public better access to information about how their council is managed and the value for money their council provides. Local authorities have to achieve savings of £5 billion by 2011.
"I am acting to ensure local people will be able to see for themselves how efficiently their council is run and to be able to challenge their council if it is underperforming," said local government minister John Healey.
Options being explored by the government include having savings expressed as a percentage of total council spend. Peter Howarth, chief executive of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government, said the move could be largely positive for buyers as it would highlight the benefits good procurement brings to public services.
The consultation ends on 16 October.