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Welsh voters, taxpayers and journaists have less time to examine and copy local government spending records in comparison with English residents.
The legislation governed access
to accounts concerning councils was unified by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 in England and Wales.
law was amended in 2017, to enable journalists and citizen journalists to inspect and copy bills, vouchers, deeds, contracts, invoices and statements of accounts without any limitation on residency.
However, there are several key differences between inspection rights in the two countries. While residents, taxpayers and journalists in England have a 30-day window to examine the original documents, files and records, regulation 11 gives only 20 working days for the public to request access to files and to conduct their enquiries.
Regulation 12 requires councils to publish (online) a notice informing the public of their rights to access the documents and records at least 14 days before the start of the public inspection period.
Unlike the English regulations, there is no pre-determined period and the 20-day inspection window is left to the auditor. Council finance officials have a deadline of 30 June to sign the statement of accounts, which means the public inspection period will normally take place during June or July each year.
Regulation 9 requires councils to list the number of employees receiving salaries valued £60,000 or more in £5,000 incremental ranges, together with their job titles but not their names. The regulation compels councils to identify all employees receiving salaries worth £150,000 or above by name, together with their job titles.
further guidance, contact ONB.
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