6 October 2009 | Allie Anderson
The UK Conservative party has unveiled plans to publish online all central government deals out to tender worth more than £10,000, according to reports.
Speaking at the Tory party conference in Manchester yesterday Francis Maude, shadow minister for the cabinet office, said the party would publish the contract opportunities as part of plans to increase public sector transparency.
As well as contracts, Maude said salaries and job descriptions of the 35,000 most senior civil servants would be made publicly available if the Tories reach power. Members of the public would also be able to comment on all legislation prior to it being discussed before parliament.
"We want to unleash an army of 'armchair auditors' to crawl over the government's accounts - ordinary members of the public who will be able to see for themselves whether their government is really delivering value for money for them," said Maude.
The proposals are part of the Tories' plans to improve government efficiency. "Trust in politics is at an all time low and by making central government transparent and accountable we can start to fix our broken politics," Maude said. "Greater openness and accountability will improve value for money and stop taxpayers' money being wasted."
It follows announcements made last month by Conservative party leader David Cameron to publish all public sector purchases over £25,000 (Web news, 9 September).