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Williams Trafford Council's Deputy Leader, Cllr Alex Williams, on extending transparency

Trafford's Conservative Council has just published details of all spending with suppliers. Like practically all other authorities, Trafford has for some time published payments over £500. However, it is the first Metropolitan Council to publish ALL payments, irrespective of value, building on it's reputation as one of the most transparent Councils in the country.

We are committed to leading the way on transparency so we are making data about all public spending freely available, allowing our residents to see how we spend every penny of their money.

Our Council has already proved  to be a frontrunner in making data available in a usable format and was recently named in the top ten of 434 authorities described as having 'truly open' data, usable for comparative analysis.


Trafford is also leading the openness agenda across Greater Manchester, working with other Councils and public sector bodies by hosting and running the data store, DataGM. This database contains data from each local authority in Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, and Transport for Greater Manchester.

Details of all supplier spending in June of this year is available at www.trafford.gov.uk/opendata, while data on other Greater Manchester Councils and public bodies can be found at http://datagm.org.uk/.

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