Government creates new transparency webpage

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A new webpage has been launched on the GOV.UK platform, listing all transparency data to help people ‘hold public bodies to account’.

The aim of having the transparency is to bring together a complete list of key transparency data published by all government departments, with the aim to hold public bodies to account if something goes wrong.

In addition to the new webpage, the government has also published guidelines for clarifying the kind of core transparency data that will be shared on the webpage and the frequency of updates.

The new guidelines will also cover how the government will ensure that the data is available in the most usable format and at the same time is not difficult to find.

Titled as ‘Government transparency and accountability’, the new landing page along with the published guidance has been designed to help users search and browse through the details they need in an easy way.

According to Constitution Minister and Parliamentary Secretary Chris Skidmore, the new page will make data transparent to enable Parliament, the public and the media to make public departments accountable.

Skidmore said: “Such online transparency is crucial accountability for delivering the best value for money, to cutting waste and inefficiency, and to ensuring every pound of taxpayers’ money is spent in the best possible way.”

The transparency of data ensures that the money is spent well cutting down the wasteful expenses.

These data also help those working with the central and local government to identify saving opportunities which they may not be aware of.

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Additionally, the open data is also seen by the government to have huge potential to deliver better public services through the innovative application of digital and mobile technology.

Among the ‘core transparency data’ published on the new webpage are the travel and hospitality details of senior officials of the Department for International Trade (DIT) and also the amount spent by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings among others.

The ‘Government transparency and accountability’ come with various filters to help the readers to select on the basis of organisation, people that include Members of Parliaments and others in public service, type of document and others.