The Combined Online Information System (COINS) is a
database of UK Government expenditure provided by government
As experienced database developers, Alpine Interactive
can help you get information from the database. We are in the
process of developing tools to extract information from the COINS
The government's published the entire contents of the Treasury
spending in the form of a database. 120GB of raw data has been made
available for interrogation but there are no tools provided.
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The data is used to produce reports for Parliament and the
public including: expenditure data in the Budget and Pre-Budget
reports; Supply Estimates; Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses
(PESA); the monthly Public Sector Finance Releases. It is also used
by the ONS for statistical purposes.
The vast database contains a total of 24m individual entries
documenting where public money comes from, what it is spent on and
whose pocket it ends up in.
But it is proving controversial in Whitehall. Some ministers
have expressed unease about the transparency it will bring,
exposing every spending decision they make.
However, Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury,
hailed the release of the data.
The Liberal Democrat minister said: "For too long, the previous
government acted as if the public had no right to know where their
hard-earned taxes were spent.
"Today we have lifted that veil of secrecy by releasing detailed
spending figures dating back to 2008.
"This data is complex, but this is a major step forward and
shows we are delivering on our promise to make this government more
open and transparent while ensuring we deliver value for money for
"I hope people will take the opportunity to scrutinise carefully
how their money is being spent - as I am doing every day in
preparation for the spending review."
He said the government would not stop there, adding: "We plan to
release more data in the coming months that will be easier for the
general public to understand."
The Conservative technology manifesto said: "Our plans to open
up government data and spending information will not only help us
to cut wasteful spending, but according to new research ... it will
also create an estimated £6bn in additional value for the UK."