From December 2010 new regulations were introduced forcing all councils to disclose all spending over £500 and to whom the payments were made.
While Salford Council complied for the December and January months, there has been nothing published on its website for the following two months, February and March.
December's spending revealed that Salford Council had spent almost £150,000 on consultants, almost £10,000 on fireworks, over £2500 on flowers, over £30,000 on hotels, over £120,000 at The Lowry, over £20,000 on opinion surveys and almost £250,000 on demolishing the city (see here for full details).
January's figures revealed the Council handed Peel Media over £500,000, and gave a grant of over £84,000 to Sodexo, a giant multi-national which claims revenues of 15.3billion euros (see here for full details).
While millions of pounds worth of spending was not revealed, or `redacted' (new speak for `we're not telling you'), the figures did give a good idea of Council spending that was normally hidden from public view. There was a glimmer of accountability. But for two months there's been nothing (see here).
What can the reason be? Nothing to do with the Local Elections, of course!