The Transparency Code
Under a new audit framework (effective from 1 April 2017) Parish Council's with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 are exempt from external audit. In place of the external audit, Parish Councils, like us, are subject to the Code of Recommended Practice issued under Section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980.
Summary of the Code
- At least from 1 July 2015 and thereafter not less than annually and not later than 1 July 2015 in the year immediately following the accounting year to which it relates, councils should publish the following:
- All items of expenditure above £100;
- End of year accounts;
- Annual governance statement;
- Internal audit report;
- List of councillor or member responsibilities;
- Location of public land and building assets.
- Councils should publish the draft minutes of a full council meeting, a committee or sub-committee no later than one month after the meeting has taken place.
- Councils should publish the agenda and associated papers for a meeting of full council, a committee or a sub-committee meeting no later than three clear days before the meeting to which they relate is taking place.
- The information specified in the Code must be published on a website which is publically accessible free of charge. For example, on the parish council’s website.
COUNCILLOR'S CODE OF CONDUCT
We have adopted a Code of Conduct in line with the Nolan principles. The code deal's with councillors’ obligations about their conduct including the registration and disclosure of their interests.
Section 27 of the Localism Act 2011 requires all members of the Parish Council to register their interests, by completing a Register of Members Interests form. You can view Parish Councillors Register of Interests on our Who we are page.
The Freedom of Information Act
As well as responding to requests for information, we publish information proactively. The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to have a publication scheme, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and to publish information covered by the scheme. Our scheme sets out our commitment to make certain classes of information routinely available, such as policies and procedures, minutes of meetings, annual reports and financial information. A lot of the information detailed in our scheme can be accessed via our website.
The ICO has developed a model publication scheme which we have adopted. The information set out in the publication scheme represents the minimum we must disclose. Members of the public who want information not listed in the scheme, can still ask for it.