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The Bureau for Investigative Journalism

Time & Date: Saturday 3rd February

The Bureau Local is a 475-strong network of journalists, techies, designers, concerned citizens, subject specialists, and more, using data to tell local news stories that matter.

Our latest investigation is bringing together budget data for each of England's 353 councils to find out what makes the cut - and what doesn't - ahead of the government's next set of funding decisions in March.

This data is rarely scrutinised in some areas, and is never seen in aggregate, but we know cuts to vital services are about to bite - so we need your help making it accessible, understandable and something people might be able to act on.

Whether you're a source of information about what areas of the budget are key, are a data scientist, analyst or wrangler keen to help us dive into the data dig out, or a storyteller, campaigner or designer, we want you to be there.

The event is being happily held in association with Open Data Manchester and the University of Central Lancashire.

Sign up here.

For more background on what the investigation has found so far, head to the Bureau Local website.

We’d love you to join the Bureau Local network here, otherwise just sign up for a ticket and we’ll see you then.

Teams will be formed on the day based on interest, expertise and enthusiasm!


What if I don't live near Manchester?

We're hosting a series of hack days on 3rd February in different places. If you're keen, you are also welcome to arrange your own. Email Kirsty at the Bureau Local to arrange:

What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?

2 minutes walk from Manchester Victoria, 10 minutes from Piccadilly.

Close to Market Street and Shudehill tram stops.

What should I bring into the event?

If you have one, please bring a laptop. If you have recording equipment or other things you think might come in useful, bring them too!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


The Federation
Upper ground floor
Federation House
M4 4BF

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