Cornwall Council is required to publish details of its spending over £500 in a “timely” manner according to government guidance and where possible it should be in real time.
This is perfectly possible to do and our nearest neighbours, Plymouth City Council, seem to promptly publish their details within two weeks of the end of each month.
Cornwall Council, however, are several months behind and I asked officers why they had a notice on the web-site which said that October and November details would be published by the end of December and hadn’t been. They immediately changed the comment (27th Jan) to say October’s data will be published by the end of this week. And November and December’s by 10th Feb.
Officers have said that this delay is due to “technical problems”. With cuts being made to services financial transparency needs to be a priority for this Council.