Details of how Argyll and Bute Council spent your money in the 2011-12 financial year have just been published.
Information on all of the authority’s spending over £1,000 has been published on the Scottish Government’s ‘Spotlight on Spend’ website (click on the link to the right of this article to go straight to the Argyll and Bute Council page).
Council leader Roddy McCuish said: “The council is aware that it’s important for people to be able to see how their money is being spent, and on spotlightonspend the information is laid out in clear categories that people will recognise such as ‘construction’ and ‘highway equipment and materials’.
“There’s also a dedicated email address for any questions people may have - firstname.lastname@example.org.”
To comply with Data Protection legislation, some entries are marked as “redacted”. This appears when the supplier is an individual person and the name, but not the amount, is concealed.
Suppliers who were paid less than £1,000 during the financial year are not included, as the amount usually represents less than one per cent of the total spend. Figures presented are annual totals for the financial year, which is April to March.
The information on expenditure is categorised on the website by the type of goods or services provided. This information comes from the supplier databases, such as the Thomson’s Local Directory. It relates to the stated business of the company, which may be different to the nature of the business carried out for Argyll and Bute Council.
spotlightonspend is a managed service that is comprised of everything necessary to facilitate publication of the spend and related information which public organisations need to make available to the general public. Spotlightonspend manages publication of financial information so that it can be accessed by the general public through the public body’s own web site.