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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
12 September 2005:
The ONB legal challenge to Lincolnshire County Council (2005)
Orchard News Bureau took Lincolnshire County Council to the High Court after the authority withheld financial records from public inspection.
invoices and related documents relating to its 2003/2004 accounts, and claimed it was entitled to do so under data protection rules.
The council attempted to argue that information contained in the accounts could not be disclosed without the
of contractors and consultants.
But Mr (now Lord) Justice Leveson ruled that the council had no legal justification to use the data protection act to censor the accounts.
He told the council that ONB and others were entitled to
the records during the statutory public inspection period.
He also put the authority on notice that any future attempt to withhold financial records using either the data protection act, or the human rights act, would trigger a judicial review hearing.
the censored accounts.
For guidance, contact Orchard News Bureau Ltd.
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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