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.