Looking Back: Budget 2010 – Transparency Measures

“At a time when budgets are being squeezed and difficult decisions are being taken about policies and programmes, I recognise that the public’s interest in how Government spends their money will be particularly acute. I accept the case that was made by the Conservatives that we should publish online greater information about Government expenditure, and I announce that I will take forward their proposal that we publish online all items of expenditure above £25,000. The scheme will commence with the publication of our expenditure for April 2010 and will continue on a monthly basis thereafter.” – Finance Secretary John Swinney agrees to Conservative requests for greater transparency in Government spending in the 2010 Budget.

Scotland was the first part of the UK where the Conservative transparency measures came into force, with the UK Government following suit in November.

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