Councils Forced to Reveal Parking Revenue Spending
Councils hands have been forced to reveal exactly where their parking enforcement revenue is spent every year under a new law.
The reforms take place under the local government transparency code and will mean councils will have to publish a breakdown of how revenue from enforcement activities is spent.
Until now this sort of balance sheet transparency only came as a recommendation without making it compulsory through law. Parking spaces revenues and parking enforcement notices were all information which had to be shared.
Announcing the new changes local government minister Kris Hopkins said: Greater power for local government must go hand in hand with greater local transparency and local accountability. Therefore it is only right we give council taxpayers the data they deserve to play a bigger role in local democracy.
For instance opening up parking profits to the eyes of local democracy will protect residents from the risk of being treated as cash cows by trigger-happy Town Hall traffic wardens and expose councils using parking policies in an unlawful way.
The new publicity code will also force councils to reveal information on:
– Household rubbish collections
– Building assets
– Trade union subsidies
The Local Government Association and the council directors body Adept have been battling a very vocal community secretary Eric Pickles who has pushed for changes to parking policies this year.
Senior figures at Adept have flagged concerns that new reforms such as a communitys right to challenge parking policy will hurt councils budgets at a time when cuts are large.
The new law could come into fruition as early as November though secondary legislation approved by ministers..
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