The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 ('the Code') 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 Code does not replace or supersede the existing framework for access to and re-use of public sector information provided by the:Freedom of Information Act 2000 (as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012)Environmental Information Regulations 2004Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community regulations 2009Sections 25 and 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 which provides rights for persons to inspect a local authority's accounting records and supporting documentation, and to make copies of them.
Nelson Town Council meets the definition of a local authority covered by the requirements of the Code, defined as a 'parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is higher) exceeding £200,000'
The Town Council complies with the requirements of the Code where applicable, by publishing the information on its website. The requirements of the code stipulate:
- Expenditure exceeding £500 - see below
- Government Procurement Card transactions - N/A
- Procurement Information (details of every invitation for tender exceeding £5,000 and details of any contract, commissioned activity exceeding £5,000 - see below
- Additionally, local authorities are required to publish the following information annually:
- Local Authority Land - see below
- Social housing assets - N/A
- Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations - see below
- Organisational chart - see Staff Structure below
- Trade union facility time - N/A
- Parking account - N/A
- Parking Spaces - N/A
- Senior salaries - N/A
- Constitution - Local Councils, unlike principal authorities, are not required by law to adopt a constitution. However they need to adopt Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and other governing -View Policies & Procedures page
- Fraud - N/A
- Waste contracts - N/A