Supporting the Government's drive for Transparency, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be publishing any expenditure over £25,000.
‘Expenditure’ consists of all individual invoices, grant payments, expense payments or other such transactions that are over £25,000. Expenditure on paybill (salaries) is excluded from the scope of this publication. The FSA has followed Treasury guidance in preparing this data for publication.
A limited number of transactions have been withheld from publication (redacted) using the following exemptions provided under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a frame of reference:
Payments relating to pension contributions for less than five staff – section 40 exemption i.e. personal information, the disclosure of which would breach the Data Protection Act
Payments for official veterinarian services delivered within food businesses by a limited number of FSA contractors working to the same specification – section 43(2) exemption i.e. information, the disclosure of which would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person.
Data relating to April to September 2010 was published on 31 October 2010. Thereafter, data will be published monthly.
Terminology used in the over £25,000 expenditure data, specific to the Food Standards Agency.
Admin - costs that are NOT directly related to the delivery of frontline services. Examples include the provision of policy advice and business support services. Government expenditure is classified as either Admin or Programme. AVH - Aviation House - Headquarters of the Food Standards Agency. Chief Scientist - Provides analytical service support to the agency in science strategy, governance, delivery and communication, and science skills and professional development. LAALD - Local Authority Audit & Liaison Division. Monitors and audits food law enforcement services and maintains relationships with Local Authorities and other key delivery stakeholders. Programme - costs directly related to the delivery of frontline services. Government expenditure is classified as either Admin or Programme. SSD - DEFRA Shared Services Directorate. Provides the FSA with transactional services for Finance and Procurement. TSE -Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy.