[wdmmg-discuss] DCLG publishes first-quarter spending over £500
kathryn.corrick at googlemail.com
Thu Sep 30 19:20:22 BST 2010
I think this is what LinkedGov.org are working on. It might be worth getting in touch with them Anna.
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On 30 Sep 2010, at 18:59, CountCulture <countculture at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yes. Unless it's possible to match internal chart of accounts to some standard classification.
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>> On 30 Sep 2010, at 18:55, Anna Powell-Smith <annapowellsmith at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> Thanks Chris!
>>> The guidelines say:
>>> Expense type – This will identify the general nature of the expenditure being recorded e.g. consultancy spend. The account code description as it appears in your chart of accounts should be suitable for this purpose. If you are using your chart of accounts to source expense type, you should use the description, not the account code number. You may need to review your chart of account descriptions to ensure that they are meaningful. The description in this field should not disclose the specifics of individual transactions, i.e. the invoice detail. You need only report against the original expense type used. Where there have been errors, subsequently corrected by journals, these corrections do not need to be reflected in the published data. Entities may find that PSPES categories are more suitable where this has been incorporated into the finance system. However, if you are adopting PSPES categories then this needs to cover all disclosable transactions i.e. the potential for individual expense claims and grant payments. You need to decide the source that best describes your expenditure type. If you are not planning to use your chart of accounts as a source, you must notify the Treasury and explain your rationale and how you will ensure that it covers all aspects of your expenditure.
>>> In other words, they are allowed to use internal accounting classifications - which will presumably make it hard to compare across departments....
>>> On 30 September 2010 18:41, Chris Taggart <countculture at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Think they're using the Treasury guidelines: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/transparency_spend_over25100910.pdf
>>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 6:28 PM, Anna Powell-Smith <annapowellsmith at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> DCLG has just published spending over £500 from 2008 and from the first quarter of 2010-2011, updating the 2009-10 data it published in August.
>>> The latest data doesn't use the PSESP categories, unlike the 2009-10 data - just around 50 flat categories. So if we were going to visualize it, we'd have to create higher-level categories ourselves.
>>> I'd really like to know how other departments will categorise their spending. The DCLG page says that from October the data will be published live on data.gov.uk "in a format prescribed by HMT".
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