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The transparency code for smaller authorities came into force on 1 April 2015 and requires smaller councils with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000, to publish certain financial and administrative information online and make it available to the public.

The aim of this is to provide taxpayers with a clear picture of the authority’s activities, spending and governance. It also hopes to improve the ability of communities to hold local public bodies to account.

All local councils with a turnover not exceeding £25,000, such as the Cholmondeley and Chorley Parish Council, are required to be compliant.

The financial and administrative information which should be published annually and not later than July 1 includes:

  • All items of expenditure above £100
  • End of year accounts
  • Annual governance statement
  • Internal audit report
  • Details of public land and building assets

Select from the TRANSPARENCY menu above, which is organised by year, to view the relevant set of data.

The information which should be published also includes:

  • List of a councillor or member responsibilities
  • Minutes, agendas and meeting papers of formal meetings

Select from the THE COUNCIL menu or from the MEETINGS menu above respectively, to view this information.

Statement from Parish Council:

The Parish council has recognised that in recent years the council has at times, not managed to comply with the strict controls set down by the governing body.  With the appointment of a new Clerk to the Council, the reporting and governance for 2023 – 2024 have been completed.  Previous years are an accurate representation of the finances and meetings, however the publication of the documents to the website were not always completed in a timely manner.

We apologise that if this has caused any concern about the manner in which the Parish council has been operating.

For future reporting and governance, we are confident that the public will be presented with timely information, and this will be in accordance to the governance of local councils.

If you have any concerns please contact the Clerk or  and you are always welcome to attend the parish meetings, date are published on the website.


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