Records of actual (past) national government spending at a detailed transactional level; A database of contracts awarded or similar will not considered sufficient. This data category refers to detailed ongoing data on actual expenditure. Data submitted in this category should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Individual record of transactions.
  • Date of the transactions
  • Government office which had the transaction
  • Name of vendor
  • amount of the transaction
  • Update on a monthly basis

Data Location£25%2C000+spend


Central Government departments are required to regularly publish lists of all financial transactions spending over £25,000; some departments publish transactions down to £500 or lower. The business rules and the format is described at The data is re-usable under the UK's Open Government Licence.

In addition summarised spending information by month x department x type of goods/services is available quarterly from the Treasury (Ministry of Finance) COINS/OSCAR database - see for instance This is also available under the Open Government Licence. The data was last updated/released in September 2014.

2014 reviewer comment: The data in no longer available through COINS or 'Where does my money go'. It can be found on platform. I added the correct link to the information and a link to the data license.

2015 reviewer comment: OSCAR is not sufficient - it is an aggregation of transactions by budget code, not the detail of the transactions themselves. The monthly spend by government departments is scattered across and and is frequently out of date. For example at the time of writing the Cabinet Office itself is 12 months out of date: and (latest shown is August 2014, current date is September 2015.

Reviewer comments

Submission is correct.

Data Availability

  • Y Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • N Available in bulk
  • N Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   CSV
Reviewer   Tryggvi Björgvinsson
Submitters   David Read
Last modified   Mon Sep 14 2015 14:12:40 GMT+0000 (UTC)