Adrian Short

Armchair Auditor

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What Exploring local government spending data
When 2010

Armchair Auditor is an easy way to explore and discuss local government spending data.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead was the first UK council to publish their payments to suppliers over £500 and inspired the national policy requiring all councils to publish their payments.

I took thousands of rows of spreadsheet data and turned them into easy-to-read web pages. Armchair Auditor breaks the data down by council service and supplier allowing you to browse it according to your interests.

It also makes the data social. People can discuss the data using comment threads added to every page.

I spoke about Armchair Auditor and council spending with Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme and with Henry Kelly on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Armchair Auditor is open source software. It has inspired two similar sites: Isle of Wight Armchair Auditor and Up North Auditor.