Increase financial transparency

On Tuesday 5th June 2018, members of the public met with the Scottish Government and Open Government Network in Glasgow to discuss the ideas that they had for creating a more open, transparent and participative government in Scotland. Conversations were grouped under four priority areas, one of which was 'Financial transparency.' A number of actions were listed by attendees:

  • People supportive of the role of participatory budgeting to:
    • Encourage innovation.
    • Respond to grassroots priorities.
    • Empower citizens.
  • Help needed to interpret complex financial information via:
    • Education and awareness raising.
    • Open publishing of budgets and spending.
    • Building on useful budget preparation that some Councils already do.

Why the contribution is important

It is important that citizens contribute their perspectives and priorities to spending priorities and proposals.

Can the very considerable info gathered already eg Spikewell observatory – be usefully shared to help citizens understand how public funds are spent

This should apply in national and local government and in other public agencies.

by PaulBradley on June 08, 2018 at 12:35PM

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