The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 was issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government in February 2015 to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizen’s hands, to increase democratic accountability, and to make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services. 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 (e.g. protecting vulnerable people or commercial and operational considerations) to doing so. The Code ensures that local people can now see and access data covering how money is spent, the use of assets, decision making and issues important to local people. The code applies to a town or parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000 or below £25,000. The code is to be implemented from April 2016.
It was resolved at the July 2016 Parish Council meeting that:
Although the requirement to adopt the Transparency Code is not required, the Parish Council will adopt the principal of adding any payments above £500.00 (excluding salaries) on the website on a quarterly basis but due to financial restrictions would not publish all the background papers for meetings on the website.
Payments made over £500.00 excluding salaries: