A new project has been undertaken by Whitaker Institute members Gerard Turley and Stephen McNena. Winner of the 2014 WA and the 2015 World Summit Award, the website www.localauthorityfinances.com aims at increasing awareness of how taxpayers’ money is spent locally by providing cross-council information on local authority spending and income, disaggregated by expenditure function and revenue source. Aimed at improving transparency and accountability, the interactive web application can be used to readily access and more easily understand individual council income and spending budgets, but also cross-council comparisons, with a view to identifying differences in local authority spending and income, but also star performers and council laggards.
Read more about the project here.
Visit the project website here.
The project was recently featured in the Connacht Tribune. Read the article here.