About the Transparency Code

The government published ‘Local Government Transparency Code 2015′ which recommends parish councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of a least £200,000 to publish ‘Public Data’.

The Government has implemented this Code of Practice for local authorities to provide greater transparency of public bodies, which is at the heart of their mandate to enable greater democratic accountability over how council tax and public money is spent. However, ‘Public Data’ does not include personal information as this would contravene the Data Protection Act 2018.

Information to be published quarterly

Expenditure exceeding £500

Local authorities must publish details of each individual item of expenditure that exceeds £500. This includes items of expenditure, consistent with Local Government Association guidance, such as:

  • individual invoices
  • grant payments
  • expense payments
  • payments for goods and services
  • grants
  • grant in aid
  • rent
  • credit notes over £500, and
  • transactions with other public bodies.

Response

Government Procurement Card Transactions

Local authorities must publish details of every transaction on a Government Procurement Card.

Response

The Town Council does not use a government procurement card.

Procurement Information

Publish details of every invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000. Publish details of any contract, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and any other legally enforceable agreement with a value that exceeds £5,000.

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Information to be published annually

Local Authority Land

Local authorities must publish details of all land and building assets.

Response

Social Housing Asset Value

Local authorities must publish details on the value of social housing assets within local authorities Housing Revenue Account.

Response

The Town Council does not hold any Social Housing Assets.

Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

Publish details of all grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

Response

Grant Award Recipients:

 

Organisation Chart

Publish an organisation chart covering staff in the top three levels of the organisation.

Response

The Town Council currently employs XX members of staff (X Administrative and Y Market/Parking Attendants).

Trade Union Facility Time

Local authorities must publish the following information on trade union facility time:

  • total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives (e.g. general, learning and health and safety representatives)
  • total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties.
  • names of all trade unions represented in the local authority
  • a basic estimate of spending on unions (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties by authority staff that spent the majority of their time on union duties multiplied by the average salary), and
  • a basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties by authority staff that spent the majority of their time on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill)

Response

The Town Council does not have any Trade Union representatives

Parking Account

Local authorities must publish on their website, or place a link on their website to this data if published elsewhere:

  • a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority’s parking account, and
  • a breakdown of how the authority has spent a surplus on its parking account.

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Parking Spaces

Local authorities must publish the number of marked out controlled on and off-street parking spaces within their area, or an estimate of the number of spaces where controlled parking space is not marked out in individual parking bays or spaces.

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Senior Salaries

The Town Council is required to publish details of any senior employees (including job descriptions, responsibilities, budgets, and number of staff) earning over £58,200 per annum.

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Constitution

Local authorities are already required to make their Constitution available for inspection at their offices under section 9P of the Local Government Act 2000. Local authorities must also, under this Code, publish their Constitution on their website.

Response

Our Standing Orders can be downloaded here.

Pay Multiple

Publish the pay multiple on their website defined as the ratio between the highest taxable earnings for the given year (including base salary, variable pay, bonuses, allowances and the cash value of any benefits-in-kind) and the median earnings figure of the whole of the authority’s workforce.

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Fraud

Local authorities must publish the following information about their counter fraud work:

    • number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers
    • total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud
    • total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists
    • total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud, and
    • total number of fraud cases investigated.

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Information to be published once only

Waste contracts

Local authorities must publish details of their existing waste collection contracts at the point they first publish quarterly contract information.

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