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Magazine article Public Finance

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The Information Commissioner has ordered the House of Commons to release information on individual MPs' travel expenses. The information had been requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The Commons had refused to release the information stating that information relating to individuals contravened the Data Protection Act. On February 24, the commissioner rejected this argument, stating that as the information relates to individuals acting in their official, not private, capacity, the information can and should be released. The House was given 30 days to comply with the Commissioner's decision.

Council websftes have become more sophisticated, but at the expense of usability, a survey from the Society of IT Management has suggested. The survey rated the 468 local authority websites in the UK through a 'mystery shopping' exercise. Sites were ranked into four categories, with 60 achieving the highest. One hundred and twelve sites were moved up a category while 56 were downgraded. Socitm noted, however, that just 62 sites were compliant with the international Web Accessibility Initiative.

The Scottish National Party has snatched a ward from Labour in a Glasgow City Council by-election. William McAllister (pictured) of the SNP got 773 votes in the Milton ward vote, with Labour's Gilbert Davidson second on 623. McAllister secured 49.9% of the votes, with Labour receiving 40% on a turnout of 322% of the electorate. Angela McCormick of the Scottish Socialist Party came third with 93 votes. …

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