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Nottingham City Council defies Whitehall over spending data publication

Kathleen Hall

Nottingham City Council is the last local authority to defy the drive by secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles to publish all spending data over £500.

Council leader Jon Collins (pictured) said publishing all the data will waste time and not result in any cost savings.

"There is no legal requirement to publish this information. If there was, then of course we would do so. Until there is, we have much better things to be doing than going along with Eric Pickles playing to the tabloid gallery, not least working out how we're going to deal with the savage cuts that he is forcing upon the people of Nottingham, cuts which it increasingly seems few others in the government even understand," he said.

Pickles told MPs: "If it is necessary for me to seek to use the powers that I have to force Nottingham I will, but why should this process be held back by one obdurate council that simply wants to play politics?"


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