Guide to the Legislation
The rules governing the public's rights to view and copy local authority files are profiled in this section.

England

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
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The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (England)
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The Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017
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Wales

The Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014
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Scotland

The Local Authority Accounts
(Scotland) Regulations 2014
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Northern Ireland

The Local Government (Accounts and Audit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015
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Links to Council Websites
LOCAL AUTHORITY WEBSITES: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT LINKS

LOCAL AUTHORITY WEBSITES: PUBLIC NOTICES OF AUDIT INSPECTIONS
It's Your Right to Know


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Local government has been at the centre of a modern day 'gold rush' bonanza for decades.

Thousands of pounds of public funds have been diverted into the pockets of unelected management 'consultants', PR 'advisers', outsourcing 'experts', service delivery 'facilitators' and their ilk for many years.

It has meant
higher taxes, but less to support communities, residents, families, youngsters, the elderly and disabled.

So isn't it time to make it your business to hold
spendaholic 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
withholding information which voters, residents, taxpayers and journalists have a legal right to see.

But we have a proven track record of challenging a sub-culture of excessive and unjustified secrecy within Town Halls.



ONB assists journalists and media companies with investigations into how and where Council Taxes have been spent.

Who benefits if local councils are subjected to meaninful, responsible and independent
scrutiny?

The public.

Who does not benefit? People who should not be in positions of power or
'influence' in the first place.



Taxpayers look to the media to ensure politicans, bureaucrats and contractors are held accountable for their activities.

It is an unfortunate fact of life that polIticians and civil servants are freer to engage in
corruption wherever and whenever editors and journalists abdicate their watchdog roles, or governments remove rights to examine the financial paper trails

To find out more about your rights to hold local authorities to account, check out the links on this page.

For further guidance, contact ONB.


Key Court Rulings



The Veolia and Nottinghamshire County Council court cases (2009/10)
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The ONB and Lincolnshire County Council court hearing (2005)
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The HTV and Bristol City Council court case (2004)

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Exernal Reference Materials
DCLG GUIDE TO CHECKING COUNCIL EXPENDITURE

NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE GUIDE TO CHECKING COUNCIL EXPENDITURE

AUDIT SCOTLAND GUIDE TO CHECKING COUNCIL EXPENDITURE

AUDIT WALES GUIDE TO CHECKING COMMUNITY COUNCIL EXPENDITURE

AUDIT NORTHERN IRELAND GUIDE TO CHECKING COUNCIL EXPENDITURE

THE PUBLIC SECTOR AUDIT APPOINTMENTS BOARD