December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
A pledge has been made to publish the town hall’s finances and assets following public concerns.
At the full town council meeting on Monday, former town councillor Ron Roberts highlighted that town hall chiefs had not published all the information they were obliged to do by government.
The Department of Communities and Local Government made the dictate which includes the publishing of all spending above £500, senior salaries over £58,200, and councillors’ allowances.
They also have to publish copies of contracts and tenders, grants to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector, policies, performance, external audits and key inspections and key indicators on the authorities’ fiscal and financial position.
Other information which must be published includes the location of public land and building assets.
He said: “At the last council meeting I spoke to you about transparency.
“An instruction which came from central government saying that local councils would be expected to publish information…
“Why has Exmouth Town Council not adopted this as it has been instructed to do so?
“The guidance was issued by the Government in September 2011.”
Town clerk Colin Poole, the chief financial officer, said: “Yes, there is an amount of financial information and it should be published on our website and the new website gives us the facility to do that.
“In fact, quite a lot of the information has already been posted online in the last 12 months.
“But I do take on the comments Mr Roberts has made and I can assure him that one of our goals is to see all those things properly published.”