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After a year-long battle to get the truth, UK citizens should now be able to find out what councils are really doing with their money. This also means we'll finally get to find out how £1 BILLION of taxpayers’ money was spent in secretive council investments.

People’s lives and crucial frontline services depend on council budgets, which are being gambled as local authorities struggle to survive. The public has the right to scrutinise the decisions councils are making about how to invest huge sums of their money.

The ruling has been heralded as “a victory for taxpayers," by Meg Hillier MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

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