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spotlightonspend enables Council to publish readily digestible and accessible spend data on purchases over £500 in line with ‘Programme for Government’ requirements

Camberley, Surrey – 18 October 2010 – Surrey Heath Council has become the latest local authority to adopt spotlightonspend, an online transparency platform, designed to radically improve the accessibility, relevance and value of Government spend information to the general public. Surrey Heath Borough Council offers a wide range of services to over 80,000 residents. ranging from the collection of waste and recycling available to every household to specific planning and building control services used by a few. The council deployed the spotlightonspend platform earlier this month, which is the latest step in the council’s ongoing transparency initiative.

In line with the new ‘Programme for Government’ requirements on public spending, accountability and transparency, which come into effect in January 2011, Surrey Heath can now provide easy access to its residents about how it spends its annual resources, specifically focusing on all transactions above £500 in value.

“We see this initiative as win-win for both the Council and its residents,” said Kelvin Menon, Head of Corporate Finance, Surrey Heath Borough Council. “By utilising the spotlightonspend platform, it enables us to be more transparent. It also gives residents greater confidence in the allocation of budget resources and further insight into the decisions we make to further improve local services.”

The Council’s transparency is made possible through the deployment of Spikes Cavell’s spotlightonspend - an innovative online platform, designed to radically improve the accessibility, relevance and value of Government spend and related information to the general public and open data community. Spikes Cavell has undertaken to adapt the spotlightonspend platform to facilitate access to the Council’s wider transparency agenda, which will enable access by the general public and open data community to these new classes of data.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said, "I'm really excited about the opportunities of transparency and it's something this government is utterly committed to. spotlightonspend demonstrates that, when innovative businesses work with far-sighted public bodies, we can inform the public, reduce costs and improve democracy both locally and nationally.”

"We are thrilled to be working with Surrey Heath to deliver transparency and further support their move to open Government,” said Luke Spikes, CEO of Spikes Cavell & Co, which operates the new spotlightonspend service. “By utilising spotlightonspend, Surrey Heath can ensure that the information published is accessible, relevant and of value to its residents.”

spotlightonspend cuts costs, eliminates complexity and reduces risk
spotlightonspend is a managed service that is comprised of everything necessary to cost-effectively facilitate publication of the spend and related information public bodies elect to make available to the general public.

spotlightonspend is designed to:
•enhance the information a public body publishes to improve its accessibility, relevance and value for the intended audience – the general public and open data community,

•eliminate the complexity of becoming and staying compliant with policy,

•reduce the risk of inadvertent breach of the Data Protection Legislation,

•cut costs by removing the need to add to the workload of a public body’s current staff or increase headcount.

spotlightonspend is powered by Spikes Cavell. Spikes Cavell equips decision makers in the public sector with the business intelligence, online tools and analytical insight they need in order to transform the way they procure goods and services. Since 2003, our spend analysis and spend management solutions have underpinned the efforts of more than 800 organisation’s to deliver cash savings, measure progress and manage compliance.

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Kim Lynch
Devonshire Marketing
Tel: +44 (0) 870 7000 166

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