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Data Transparency

Local Government Transparency Code 2015

The local government transparency code is issued to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability. It will make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

Click here for a full copy of the Local Government Transparency Code 2015

Data Transparency – Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities

The data on this page is published under The Open Government Licence. This is a free open licence for public sector bodies to license the use and re-use of their information and data easily. If you are intending to use or re-use any of our data please note the conditions of the licence.

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.


In this Code:  “local authority” means:

  • a county council in England
  • a district council
  • a parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000
  • a London borough council

Part 2 of the Code is recommended practice for parish councils whose gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) does not exceed £6.5 million.

There are seven classes of information which must be made available to the public.

Class 1
Who makes up the council and their roles:

Class 2
What the council spends and how it spends it

Class 3
The council’s priorities and its progress

Class 4
How the council makes decisions

Class 5
The council’s policies and procedures

Class 6
Lists and Registers

Class 7
The Council’s services

Information about the services concerning, for example:

The seven classes of information above, do not include:

  • information that the council is prevented from disclosing by law
  • information exempt under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Information in draft form

If a council does not hold the type of information in one of the classess, it will not be in breach of any statutory obligations under the 2000 Act.

Ensuring that the public can access the information via the council’s Publication Scheme is vital.  A council’s publication shcme must confirm how much the information in the seven classess can be accessed and if there is a charge.

Part 2 of the Code is recommended practice for parish councils whose gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) does not exceed £6.5 million.

Information to be published quarterly:

  • Government Procurement Card transactions

Credit Card Transactions 2016/17 to 29th September 2016
Credit Card Transactions 2016/17 – October 2016 – March 2017
Credit Card Transactions 2017/18 – April to June 2017

  • Procurement Information – invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000 – Not applicable

Information to be published Annually: