As directed by the Department for Communities and Local Government’s draft Code of Practice for Local Authorities and the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency.
What is expected to be published as part of the transparency agenda?
For most local authorities it will mean publishing data online and where possible there should be a single access page for data being published. As a minimum, the Draft Code of Recommended Practice recommends that data to be released should include:
- expenditure over £500, (including costs, supplier and transaction information)
- senior salaries, names (with the option for individuals to refuse to consent for their name to be published)
- job descriptions, responsibilities, budgets and numbers of staff. ‘Senior salaries’ is defined as being above £58,200, which is the Senior Civil Service minimum pay band
- an organogram of the staff structure of the local authority
- councillor allowances and expenses
- contracts and tenders
- policies, performance, audits and service information
- data of democratic running of the local authority including the constitution, election results, decision making processes and records of decisions.
Expenditure: All expenses of this Parish Council are declared at the Parish Council Meetings. Financial Statements are published here.
Salaries and Staff structure: For this Parish Council, the only employee is the Clerk. The Councillors receive no pay or allowances. The Clerk reports to the Parish Council.
Contracts and tenders: (details are published as part of PC agendas and minutes)
Policies: From these pages, you can view or download these Parish Council policy and guidance documents:
- Code of Conduct
- The Good Councillors Guide 2011
- The revised Good Councillors Guide (version 4, 2013)
- Financial regulations (March 2017)
- Standing Orders (March 2017)
Via this website and the Village Notice Board, the Parish Council already publishes minutes of meetings.