Transparency in government is about openness and accountability through sharing information with the public to enable a better understanding of how the council carries out its duties, why we make the decisions we do and how we spend public money, and should increase public participation in decision making. Sharing information across the council can also help decision-making.
Local Authorities have many statutory duties to publish information. The Local Government Transparency Code requires local authorities to publish many datasets including; Council spend, contracts, senior salaries and voluntary and community sector funding. The council publishes many datasets openly on its Open Data Nottingham website.
Public authorities also respond to direct requests for information under both the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. Often being proactive and publishing our information can stop the need to make information requests. This approach brings about efficiencies, alongside the benefits of being an open and transparent organisation.