lisa.evans at okfn.org
Thu Feb 18 23:36:14 GMT 2010
I had a reply, from my contacts at the Treasury, to my request to
fix all the inconsistencies in the two COFOG columns of the CRA.
The Treasury recommend we wait for the next CRA to get consistent COFOG
I'm not so worried about the messed up COFOG data in the CRA. I'm fairly
confident that will be fixed in the 2010 version.
I am concerned that the descriptions of spending in the CRA, what they
call the 'program object group alias', are not very useful. The 'program
object groups' are only for the government departments to identify
spending; they don't need to have meaning to anyone else, so consequently
they are often not very descriptive.
Here are some examples, picked randomly, of program object groups aliases:
"P37 S121234 Working Age client private sector Reciept"
"P37 S121237 Modernisation - Corporate"
"P37 S121201 Corporate Services Administration"
"P37 S121829 REMPLOY"
"P37 S121801 ES Programmes"
"P37 S121282 Modernisation data moved from RFR 5"
I have no idea what these mean, and knowing which department they come
under doesn't help.
For this reason the Treasury's advice is that the CRA is not good data to
Anyway I'm going visit the Treasury again to talk more about COINS.
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