We have all heard about the rise of citizen journalism since the creation of the blogosphere.
But with David Cameron’s recent announcement of a new transparency mechanism for the publishing of departmental business plans, we could just see a new form of citizen accountability: Citizen Auditing.
The Prime Minister said yesterday: “We’re shining a bright light of transparency on everything government does.”
Yet the transparency website is more a checklist than a comprehensive set of data.
But here is the list of DEL spending for each department.
It means we know that we should expect large cuts in departmental over the next 4-5 years. As the figures do not take account of inflation so many of the departments will not grow in real terms.
The department for skills and innovation, for example, will see its budget cuts by £4bn over the next four years.