We publish details of anything we spend over £25,000 on every month to improve openness and transparency in public spending.
On 31 May 2010, the Prime Minister wrote to Secretaries of State inviting them to support his drive to improve the transparency of how public funds are used by publishing central government expenditure over £25,000. As a result we have made this information available on a monthly basis since then.
When will we publish the data?
We will publish spend monthly, by working day 15 after each month end. The reports can be found at the bottom of this page.
The data is taken directly from our financial management system and, as such, is in a fairly raw format.
The amounts shown exclude the VAT element.
There are some items of expenditure that are excluded from the reports. These are:
- Salary payments to staff
- Pension contributions and National Insurance contributions
- Severance payments
- Payments to individuals from legal processes - compensation payments, legal settlements, fraud payments
- Money administered on behalf of a client
- Indemnity payments
- Bona vacantia
- Competition prizes - where a normal part of operations
- Expenditure on current military operations (including payments to contractors)
- Expenditure by secret service organisations, national security agencies or special forces, and tackling serious crime
- Transactions with foreign governments (if privileged under FOI)
- Settlements made with companies as part of an arbitration or legal process, which is conditional on confidentiality
- Potential betrayal of a commercial confidence, or prejudice to a legitimate commercial interest
- Spending where disclosure of either paying department or recipient would pose a personal security threat e.g. spending in fragile countries
- Civil List and payments to Royal Households
- Transactions relating to the financing or underwriting of debt eg purchase of credit default swaps
- Provisions or promises to pay not yet realised
Any requests for more details about these items will be dealt with under freedom of information requests.
Where payments under £25,000 appear in a report, this will be either because once the VAT element is included the total is more than £25,000, or because an invoice for more than £25,000 has been broken down across different areas of expenditure.
This data is freely reusable under the same terms as www.data.gov.uk recommend.
Important note about the format of the data
We are publishing the data in CSV format to allow the data to be analysed or sorted.
However, the CSV format uses a standard column width and not all entries may be completely visible. To view all the data, you will need to expand the columns.
Using the CSV format will also allow you to combine reports from different months into larger spreadsheets if you wish to analyse longer periods.