Voting records of councillors should be published online, says communities secretary

Following revelation by pressure group Conservative Way Forward that only 22% of local authorities had a record of how members voted on council tax policy for 2013-14 because votes were taken verbally or by hand, communities secretary Eric Pickles has recommended that voting records be published online.

“There is a strong case for the same degree of local accountability over changes to council tax bills,” said Pickles.

Conservative Way Forward used the Freedom of Information Act to ask 340 councils regarding the voting.

According to the group’s executive director Paul Osborn:  “We believe key votes such as setting of the council tax should be recorded and made accessible to voters on the council’s website… This will help ensure those who take public office remain accountable to the electorate for their actions.”

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