Download our handy PPT presentation here 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?
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.
The Veolia and Nottinghamshire County Council court