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Transparency Code, Accounts & Supplier Payments

Open Government Transparency Code

The government has published ‘The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency’ which requires parish councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of a 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 1998.

The Local Government Transparency Code requires that local authorities must publish details of every transaction on a Government Procurement Card, details of every invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000, and details of any contract, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and any other legally enforceable agreement with a value that exceeds £5,000.

Records of decision taken pursuant to delegated powers

From time to time there is a requirement to commit expenditure where no budget exists. All such payments are published on the Council’s website here in accordance with The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 and is reported to members.

In accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice Penrith 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.

Penrith Town Council chooses to publish this monthly and publishes all expenditure.

Our payment documents can be found under the Supplier Payments detailed at the end of this page.

 

Government Procurement Card Transactions

Local authorities must publish details of every transaction on a Government Procurement Card. This must be published quarterly.

The 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.

Our contracts can be found under the Contracts and Tenders heading located on the Council Business page of our website.

Local Authority Land

Local authorities must publish details of all land and building assets. This must be published annually.

The details of our land and building assets can be found on can be found under the Services and Assets heading located on the Council Business page of our website.

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.

The 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.

The 2016-17 Grant Award Recipients can be downloaded here.

The Town Council’s Community Support Grant Award Policy, can be downloaded from Community Support Grant located on the Council Business page of our website.

 Organisation Chart

Publish an organisation chart covering staff in the top three levels of the organisation. This must be published annually.

The Town Council currently employees 5 members of staff.

Our full staff structure can be viewed here.

Trade Union Facility Time

This must be published annually.

The 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.

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.

The Town Council does not hold parking spaces.

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.

The Town Council does not employ staff earning over £58,200 per annum.

 Constitution

Local authorities must publish their Constitution on their website. This must be published annually.

Our Standing Orders can be downloaded from the Policies and Procedures page of our website.

 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.

 This information will be available soon.

APPROVED SUPPLIER PAYMENTS FISCAL YEAR 2017-18

Annual Statement of Accounts 16-17

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT

(LOCAL AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT 2014 ACCOUNTS & AUDIT REGULATIONS 2015)

FOR

PENRITH TOWN COUNCIL

NOTICE is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31 March 2017 was completed on

26 September 2017

And the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The requisite information as defined by Section 13 (!) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 is displayed on the Councils website alongside this notice.

Dated:  2/10/17

Signed: V. Tunnadine

Responsible Financial Officer

The appointed auditor of Penrith Town Council is:

BDO LLP

Arcadia House

Maritime Walk

Ocean Village

Southampton, SO14 3TL

Tel: 023 8088 1941

Please click on the headings below to view these documents:

APPROVED SUPPLIER PAYMENTS  FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 

Click on the month to open the payments schedule: