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spotlightonspend enables Council to publish and compare spend data over £500 against standardised metrics in line with ‘Programme for Government’ requirements

Newbury, Berkshire – 12 July 2010 – Guildford Borough Council has deployed spotlightonspend, an online transparency platform, designed to radically improve the accessibility, relevance and value of Government spend information to the general public. The Council is the first in Surrey and the second in the country to publish all spending over £500 online as part of the new ‘Programme for Government’ requirements on public spending and transparency, which comes into effect in January 2011.

spotlightonspend is a web-based platform providing an easy and intuitive way for councils to publish information on overall spend on goods and services being purchased above £500 or £25,000 for Central Government, and in addition, information on which private sector companies are doing the supplying. Published spend information can be compared against useful standardised metrics, making comparisons possible between authorities of differing sizes. Metrics include: per full time employee, spend with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), spend relative to the number of households, working population, persons of pensionable age and number of children that make up the resident population.

"We offer a wide range of services and some of our residents may not be aware of exactly what is involved in providing these. So we've signed up to present our spending figures in a clear and open way using the spotlightonspend platform,” said Councillor Andrew Hodges, Lead Councillor for Finance and Resources for Guildford Borough Council. ”The coalition government recently said it would like all councils to supply this information online, and we are pleased to be the first council in Surrey, and the second in the country to do so. One of the core values of the Council is that our work will be publicly accountable and presented with openness and transparency. spotlightonspend is an excellent way of helping us to deliver this."

Guildford Borough Council's financial data is available to search and view via its website under ‘Spotlight on Spend’. It contains information on how much the Council pays for services such as street cleaning, leisure and housing.

spotlightonspend enables standardisation and a consistent method of classifying spend making it possible to compare a public bodies’ spend to either the average level for that public body type or another public body, facilitating a deeper level of transparency. spotlightonspend allocates suppliers and their associated spend into clearly labelled categories, with easily recognisable terms for goods and services, such as ‘building supplies’ or ‘taxis’ for example.

spotlightonspend is powered by Spikes Cavell whose products and services are currently being used by more than 720 public sector bodies nationwide to support their drive to improve the way they buy goods and services with the objective of saving money as well as addressing important policy related questions, including transparency.

About spotlightonspend:
spotlightonspend is an innovative online platform and supporting data processing infrastructure that has been designed to radically improve the accessibility, relevance and value of Government spend information to the general public.

For further information, please contact:

Vanessa Land
Devonshire Marketing
Tel: +44 (0) 7768 693 779

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