The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 came into effect on 1 April 2015. The code is issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in exercise of powers under section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980, and replaces any previous codes issued in relation to authorities in England under those powers.
The Government believes that in principle all data held and managed by local authorities should be made available to local people unless there are specific sensitivities to doing so (e.g. protecting vulnerable people or commercial or operational considerations).
Transparency about how local authorities spend money and deliver services, and how decisions are made within authorities, gives local people the information they need to hold their local authority to account and to participate in local democratic processes.
Does this Code also apply to Town and Parish Councils?
All town and parish councils in England fall within the definition of ‘smaller authority’ in the legislation (because neither gross income nor gross expenditure for a financial year exceeds £6.5 million), and therefore only certain requirements apply. However, local councils (town & parish councils) are encouraged to follow the code, to ensure it is being as transparent as possible for its electorate.
Where we do not have responsibility for certain functions there is no requirement to publish data relating to that function.
We will publish details of invitations to tender for contracts exceeding £5,000 (e.g. street lighting maintenance, handyman, landscape) as necessary.
Local authority land
The Council maintains an asset register detailing buildings and land owned by the Council
An staff organisation chart, and basic information on employees' responsibilities can be viewed here.
The Town Council owns a car park on the High Street at the junction of Brook Street, a car park at the Cemetery and lease land to use as a car park at Riverside Playing Field. These car parks are free to use and no income is derived from them.
The constitution refers to our Standing Orders, available to view here.
Grants, Expenditure, Notice of Conclusion of Audit, Budget and Precept
All of these documents can be viewed on our Finance Page.