Charities and social enterprises that contract with the Government to be subject to increased transparency

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The Government has set out its policy on the transparency of information about publicly funded services in a set of principles called 'The Transparency of Suppliers and Government to the Public'. The principles state that "citizens are entitled to know how taxpayers' money is spent" and calls for the public to have "access to clear and accurate information pertaining to service delivery".

Francis Maud, Minister for the Cabinet Office, also announced that government contracts will trial the used of standardised transparency provisions starting later this year. The provisions will be based on the principles mentioned above and will be similar to the provisions published by the Institute for Government in their report, Enhancing Transparency in Public Service Contracts.

Charities and social enterprises that contract with the Government for the provision of public services should be aware of these principles and that, going forward, they are likely to have to proactively provide the public with information about the performance of those contracts and the costs involved.

The Transparency of Suppliers and Government to the Public can be accessed here.

Enhancing Transparency in Public Service Contracts can be accessed here.