British government releases online database of spending for first time

15:15, June 05, 2010      

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The British government's bid to make its finances more transparent for taxpayers took a major step forward on Friday with the publication of the finance ministry's online database of spending.

The database, called the Combined Online Information System ( Coins), contains 24 million individual entries of what money is spent on, and how much is spent.

The decision to publish the database was a Conservative manifesto promise, and it survived into the coalition agreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats which created the coalition government.

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, hailed the move as a major step forward. The number two minister in the Treasury said: "For too long, the previous government acted as if the public had no right to know where their hard-earned taxes were spent."

"Today we have lifted that veil of secrecy by releasing detailed spending figures dating back to 2008. This data is complex, but this is a major step forward and shows we are delivering on our promise to make this government more open and transparent while ensuring we deliver value for money for the taxpayer," he noted.



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