Dimension 9.1. Scoring
|Score||Minimum requirements for scores|
|A||The government makes available to the public eight elements, including all five basic elements, in accordance with the specified time frames.|
|B||The government makes available to the public six elements, including at least four basic elements, in accordance with the specified time frames|
|C||The government makes available to the public four basic elements in accordance with the specified time frames|
|D||Performance is less than required for a C score|
8. Summary of the budget proposal. A clear, simple summary of the executive budget proposal or the enacted budget accessible to the nonbudget experts, often referred to as a ‘citizens’ budget,’ and where appropriate translated into the most commonly spoken local language, is publicly available within two weeks of the executive budget proposal’s submission to the legislature and within one month of the budget’s approval.
9. Macroeconomic forecasts. The forecasts, as assessed in PI-14.1, are available within one week of their endorsement.
9.1:2. The narrative of the assessment should also comment on the quality of information made available to the public, focusing on areas such as the accessibility of language and structure; the appropriateness of the layout; the availability of summaries for large documents; and the means used to facilitate public access, such as websites, the press, and notice boards for locally relevant information. 9.1:3. Elements 1 to 9 constitute the scoring requirements. The full specification of the information benchmark must be met to be counted in the score, i.e., the specified time frame should be fully met.
9.1:4: To meet the requirements of element 4, budget execution reports should include a narrative analysis of budget execution.
9.1:5. In circumstances where there is no consolidated audited financial report, the requirements of element 5 can still be met if the individual audited financial statements of all budgetary and extrabudgetary units are made available within the specified timeframe.
9.1:6. Submission to the legislature does not in itself count as public access. It needs to be available to the public without restriction, within a reasonable time and free of charge.
9.1:7. Element 7 also includes performance and compliance audit.
9.1:8 For element 8, two documents can be considered as a Summary of the budget proposal: (i) a clear, simple summary of the executive budget proposal is publicly available within two weeks of the executive budget proposal’s submission to the legislature, or (ii) the enacted budget understandable by the nonbudget experts, often referred to as a ‘citizens’ budget,’ and where appropriate translated into the most commonly spoken local language(s), is publicly available within one month of the budget’s approval.
Pillar Two: Transparency of Public Finances