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Transparency Code

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Open Government Transparency Code

Parish and Town councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of a least £200,000 are required in law to publish ‘Public Data’.

Use this link to open a PDF copy of The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency’ 


The Code requires local authorities in England to publish information related to the following themes as listed below:

  • expenditure over £500
  • government procurement card transactions
  • procurement information
  • grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
  • organisation chart
  • senior salaries
  • the pay multiple
  • trade union facility time
  • local land assets
  • social housing asset value
  • parking accounts and  parking spaces
  • fraud
  • the constitution.

To enhance the Council’s transparency we also provide information regarding:

  • Records of decision taken pursuant to delegated powers
  • Asset Register
  • Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

In accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice Penrith Town Council makes the following information available:

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 in accordance with The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 and is reported to members.

Use this link to open a PDF report listing these decisions  


 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 page under Council Finance.

Use this link as a shortcut to Supplier Payments 


Asset Register and Managing Risks

Local authorities must maintain an asset register to ensure assets are appropriately safeguarded. Once recorded on the asset register, the value of assets must not change from year to year until disposal. Concepts of depreciation and impairment adjustments are not appropriate for local councils.

The Register is adopted by the Council at the end of each fiscal year but is a working document over the fiscal year, during which Council Officers will update and amend details as necessary.

The 2019-20 Asset Register was approved by Full Council on 18 May 2020.

Use this link to open the PDF copy of the Council’s 2019 to 2020 Asset Register  

The Council’s business operations and assets are reviewed and insured annually to ensure that all risks are adequately covered.

Use this link to open the PDF copy of the Council’s insurance certification


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

Local authorities must publish details of every invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000.

This must be published quarterly and can be viewed under Tenders and Contracts.

Use this link to open a PDF report of the Contracts Register


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.

Use this link as a short cut to Services and Assets 

The land assets of the Town Council are included in the approved asset register.


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

Local authorities must publish details of all grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

Use this link to open the PDF copy of the 2019-2020 Grant recipients register


 Organisation Chart

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

The Town Council currently employs 7 members of staff.

Use this link to open a PDF copy of the Councils staff structure


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.

The Town Council does not hold parking spaces.


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.

The Council’s Standing Orders and Financial Regulations can be downloaded from the Policies page of our website.

Use this link as a short cut to the Policies section of the website   


 Pay Multiple

The local authority must 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 pay multiple is currently 2.72.


Guidance documents

The Local Government Association has produced a set of revised practical guidance documents to support local authorities in understanding and implementing the Transparency Code 2015 and to help them publish the data in a meaningful and consistent way:

Use this link to view the Local Government Guidance https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/guidance-and-resources/data-and-transparency/local-transparency-guidance


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