Trust in politics is low. We will make a start in changing this by being open and transparent, publishing every item of council spending over £500. It’s your money; we’ll be straight with you. We should be accountable when spending your money.

I’ve seen this work in other authorities. People consider their actions more carefully when they are laid open to wider scrutiny. The very act of publishing the figures is likely to help drive down costs. Looking back at a list of items of council spending from the previous year might also be an enlightening experience for residents who are paying their council tax without much idea where their money is going.

Our Commitment: We will publish all council spending over £500 on Sutton’s website.