Government Spending 70% open

Great Britain

What data is expected?

Records of actual (past) national government spending at a detailed transactional level. Data must display ongoing expenditure, including transactions and subsidies. A database of contracts awarded or similar will not be considered sufficient. Open spending data shows whether public money is efficiently and effectively used. It helps to understand spending patterns, and to display corruption, misuse, and waste. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.

  • Individual record of transactions
  • Government office which had the transaction
  • Date of transaction
  • Name of vendor
  • Amount of the transaction

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, XLS CSV and XLS are noted as the formats most typically used.
Downloadable at once No There is no single source or format for publication of spending data at the transaction level. Many departments and agencies record their spending data on, but it is not straight-forward to separate these datasets from other datasets within the Government Spending theme.
Up-to-date No Update periods are highly variable between departments but few update their data every month.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3
findable_steps I have previously used Government spending data, so was able to find examples and supporting documentation by searching
licence_url I have provided a standard link to the Open Government Licence as this is the licence that virtually always applies to re-use of Government spending data.
Collected by government Yes
usability 2 Individual data releases are usually easy to use, but it is very difficult to compare and reconcile data across departments as there is no standard schema or data dictionary in use.
collector_name All Central Government departments and numerous other agencies and local authorities Central Government departments are required to publish payments data but there are some gaps in areas of government where responsibility is devolved to Wales or Scotland.
characteristics Individual record of transactions, Government office which had the transaction, Date of transaction, Name of vendor, Amount of the transaction
location - Cabinet Office spend data over £25,000 (as an example), - Prime Minister's letter of May 2010, - Guidance for publishing spend over £25,000 (HM Treasury) As there is no single source for this data I have provided an example and links to supporting information. (I have not included HM Treasury's OSCAR database of public spending as that does not provide data at the transaction level.)

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Meta data

Data location - Cabinet Office spend data over £25,000 (as an example) - Prime Minister's letter of May 2010 - Guidance for publishing spend over £25,000 (HM Treasury)
Data licence
Data format   CSV, XLS
Reviewer   Mor Rubinstein
Submitters   Owen Boswarva
Last modified   Fri Dec 09 2016 05:12:43 GMT+0000 (UTC)