Data Transparency - Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities

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The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 was published by the Department for Communities and Local Government in February 2015. The Code sets out key principles for local authorities in creating greater transparency through the publication of public data.


Expenditure over £500 (including costs, supplier and transaction information).
Any sole trader or body acting in a business capacity in receipt of payments of at least £500 of public money should expect such payments to be transparent.

Salaries
Local Authorities are required to publish, under the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011:

  • The number of employees whose remuneration in the year was at least £50,000 (in £5,000 brackets)
  • Details of remuneration and job title of certain senior employees whose salary is at least £50,000
  • The name of any employees whose salaries are £150,000 or more

In addition:

  • Provide a list of the responsibilities, bonuses and ‘benefits-in-kind’ for all employees whose salary exceeds £50,000.

Senior Salaries (2015/16) - PDF

Senior Salaries (2015/16) - Word

Organisational Chart
An organisational chart of the staff structure of the local authority including salary bands and details of currently vacant posts.

Pay multiple
The ‘pay multiple’ – the ratio between the highest paid salary and the median average salary of the whole of the authority’s workforce. A report containing the pay multiple was submitted to Council in February.

Trade union facility time

Publication of trade union facility time (paid time off for union representatives to carry out trade union duties).

Contract and tenders
Copies of contracts and tenders to businesses and to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector.

Grants
Grants to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector should be clearly itemised and listed.

Parking Revenues
Revenue collected from on and off-street parking and parking enforcement notices. 

Public Asset Register
The location of public land and building assets and key attribute information that is normally recorded on asset registers.

Democratic processes 

Controlled parking spaces
The number of marked out controlled on and off-street parking spaces.

Social housing asset value

The value of social housing stock that is held in the Housing Revenue Account.

Fraud

Annual publication of the following information:

  • 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
  • total number of fraud cases investigated.

Annual Fraud Report 2014/15

Counter Fraud information (1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016)