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Public Access to Local Authority
Financial Information


Relating to

METROPOLITAN POLICE AUTHORITIES IN ENGLAND


Taxpayers and local electors are entitled to examine, make notes and/or take copies of the following financial documents, held by local councils and police authorities, at various times of the year. While the Govt is proposing to abolish police authorities, public rights to inspect accounts are currently unaffected.

The Metropolitan Police Authority was abolished in January 2012 and its functions were transferred to the Mayor of London's Office. However, taxpayers retain a right to inspect MPA accounts related to the final period of its business (April 2011-January 2012).

The following files are available during:


June 2012
Unfortunately a red cross indicates that the documents or files listed below are not available for public audit inspection at this time of the year. But you may still be able to request extracts (in a more heavily censored form) under freedom of information legislation.

Spreadsheet listings of council expenditure (general description only) in excess of £500
Listing of salaried posts (postholders unidentified) in excess of £50,000 P.A.
Details of salaried executives (postholders identified) in excess of £150,000 P.A.
Elected councillors' monthly expenses claims and receipts (councils in England)
General statements of financial accounts (councils in England)
Elected councillors' monthly expenses claims and receipts (police authorities in England)
General statements of financial accounts (police authorities in England)
Contracts with external agencies & suppliers etc (councils in England)
Contracts with external agencies & suppliers etc (police authorities in England)
File copies of invoices, receipts and bills (councils in England)
File copies of invoices, receipts and bills (police authorities in England)
Members' declarations of financial & personal interests (councils in England)
Members' declarations of financial & personal interests (police authorities in England)
Correspondence authorising contracts, terms & conditions (councils in England)
Correspondence authorising contracts, terms & conditions (police authorities in England)

Public Access to the Files
Dates during which the public are entitled to view the accounts change every year. Details are given below.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has a search engine to enable taxpayers and voters to locate details of all council expenditure above the £500 threshold, but this is available for England alone.

Click to the DCLG page here.

Details of
payments to council and police authority staff earning in excess of £50,000 per annum are available in the relevant authorities' annual statements of accounts.

All of the material, including detailed
contracts, invoices and bills, listed in the table above are available during the statutory public inspection period.

This takes place for
20 working days (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) between the end of the relevant local government financial year (beginning of April) and the completion of the annual audit process (usually end of September).


The 2011/2012 inspection period is...

 
t.b.c.
 
pending
 
open
 
closed

English local authorities are obliged by law to publish inspection dates on the internet


London Met PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 28 Jun-23 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 30 Jun-27 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

City of London PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: no info provided.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 16 Jun-11 Jul 2008.


Gt Manchester PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 19 Jul-15 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 1 Jul-28 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 8 Jul-4 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Jul-29 Jul 2008.


Merseyside PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 4 Jul-29 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 5 Jul-30 Jul 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 6 Jul-31 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.


Northumbria PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 12 Jul-6 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: No FOIA response.
2007/08 inspection: 7 Jul-1 Aug 2008.

S Yorkshire PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 25 Jul-19 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 27 Jul-21 Aug 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 1 Aug-29 Aug 2008.

W Midlands PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Warning: PA website incorrectly states the right to inspect accounts is limited to electors, and that the inspection period is limited to 2 weeks. Click here
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 20 Jun-15 Jul 2011.
2009/10 inspection: no info provided.
2008/09 inspection: 22 Jun-17 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.


W Yorkshire PA
Files available: tbc
Authority website info: tbc
Newspaper notice: tbc
2010/11 inspection: 11 Jul-5 Aug 2011.
2009/10 inspection: 28 Jul-23 Aug 2010.
2008/09 inspection: 29 Jun-24 Jul 2009.
2007/08 inspection: 30 Jun-25 Jul 2008.

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