Eric Pickles has moved the transparency agenda on today. He now leads government departments and quangos as the transparency champion in the public sector. They should follow his brave lead. Here are some quotes that I’ve just sent through to the Press Association:
“Transparent budgeting is radical and has the potential to transform public sector accountability. Eric Pickles now leads the government as the minister most committed to transparency.
“We should give credit where it is due to Mr Pickles. He has my full support.
“I call on every other department and quango to follow his brave lead and publish all items of expenditure over £500. And once new systems are in place, the figures should be published quarterly”.