About the Transparency Code
The Government has published ‘The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency’ which effectively recommends Parish Councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of at least £200,000 to publish ‘Public Data’.
The Government has implemented this Code of Practice for local authorities to provide greater transparency of public bodies, which is at the heart of their mandate to enable greater democratic accountability over how council tax and public money is spent. However, Public Data does not include personal information as this would contravene the Data Protection Act 2018.
In accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice and general good practice, Cinderford Town Council makes the following information available:
Expenditure exceeding £500 – Local authorities must publish details of each individual item of expenditure that exceeds £500. This includes items of expenditure, consistent with Local Government Association guidance. This must be published quarterly.
Cinderford Town Council publish all payment information monthly after the full Council meeting. Payment information can be found attached to the minutes from September 2023. Prior to September 2023 the payment information can be found on the Finance page.
Government Procurement Card Transactions – Local authorities must publish details of every transaction on a Government Procurement Card. This must be published quarterly.
Cinderford town Council does not use a Government Procurement card as defined by the code.
Procurement Information – Publish details of every invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000. Publish details of any contract, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and any other legally enforceable agreement with a value that exceeds £5,000. This must be published quarterly.
Local Authority Land – Local authorities must publish details of all land and building assets. This must be published annually.
A copy of our Assets Register is available on our Finance page.
Social Housing Asset Value – Local authorities must publish details on the value of social housing assets within local authorities Housing Revenue Account. This must be published annually.
Cinderford Town Council does not hold any social housing assets.
Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations – Publish details of all grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
You can find a list of our grant and donations on our Finance page
Organisation Chart – Publish an organisation chart covering staff in the top three levels of the organisation. This must be published annually.
Our full staff structure can be viewed on our staffing page.
Trade Union Facility Time – This must be published annually.
Cinderford Town Council does not have any Trade Union representatives.
Parking Account – Local authorities must publish on their website, or place a link on their website to this data if published elsewhere: a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority’s parking account, and a breakdown of how the authority has spent a surplus on its parking account. This must be published annually.
Cinderford Town Council does not have a parking account.
Parking Spaces – Local authorities must publish the number of marked out controlled on and off-street parking spaces within their area, or an estimate of the number of spaces where controlled parking space is not marked out in individual parking bays or spaces. This must be published annually.
Cinderford Town Council does not control any parking.
Senior Salaries – The Town Council is required to publish details of any senior employees (including job descriptions, responsibilities, budgets, and number of staff) earning over £58,200 per annum. This must be published annually.
No members of staff are paid above the publication threshold.
Constitution – Local authorities must publish their Constitution on their website. This must be published annually.
Cinderford Town Council’s Standing Orders can be found on our policies page
Pay Multiple – Publish the pay multiple on their website defined as the ratio between the highest taxable earnings for the given year (including base salary, variable pay, bonuses, allowances and the cash value of any benefits-in-kind) and the median earnings figure of the whole of the authority’s workforce. This must be published annually.
Cinderford Town Council’s pay multiple is Ratio. 1.55:1.
Fraud – The Town Council’s Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy can be found on our policies page
Waste Contracts – Local authorities must publish details of their existing waste collection contracts at the point they first publish quarterly contract information. This is a one-off publication.
This information can be found on our financial management page
Committee Attendance – The Town Council publish the attendance records of its Town Councillors.
This information can be found on our Councillors page.
Gifts & Hospitality – any gifts and hospitality is noted at Council meetings and logged on the attached register.