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Lifting the Lid off Town Halls
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Guide to the Legislation
The rules governing the public's rights to view and copy local authority files are profiled in this section.
The Audit Commission Act
The Accounts & Audit Regulations
The Public Audit (Wales) Act
The Local Authority Accounts
The Local Govt (Accounts & Audit) Regulations (N Ireland)
VEOLIA LOSES APPEAL TO PREVENT PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF MULTI-MILLION POUND P.F.I. DEAL
COUNCILS & POLICE AUTHORITIES ORDERED TO REVEAL PAY, BONUSES & EXPENSES OF HIGHEST-EARNING STAFF
It's Your Right to Know
Local government is at the centre of a modern day 'gold rush' bonanza.
Thousands of pounds of public funds are being diverted into the pockets of unelected PR spin doctors, management consultants and their ilk
, but less to support communities, residents, families, youngsters, the elderly and disabled.
So isn't it time to make it your business to hold
politicians and officials to account?
We can show you how it is done.
Orchard News Bureau specialises in obtaining information and financial data from reluctant public bodies.
Some persist in hiding or
information which voters, residents and taxpayers have a
But we have a proven track record of challenging a sub-culture of excessive and unjustified
within Town Halls and Constabulary authorities.
ONB assists journalists and media companies with investigations into how and where Council Taxes have been spent.
Who benefits if local councils and police authorities are subjected to meaningful, responsible and independent
Who does not benefit? People who shouldn't be in positions of power or 'influence' in the first place.
look to the media to ensure politicians, bureaucrats and contractors are held accountable for their activities.
It is an unfortunate fact of life (the world over) that politicians and civil servants are freer to engage in
wherever and whenever editors and journalists abdicate their watchdog roles.
For guidance, contact Orchard News Bureau.
Key Court Rulings
The Veolia & Nottinghamshire County Council court cases (2009/10)
The ONB & Lincolnshire County Council court hearing (2005)
The HTV & Bristol City Council court case (2004)
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