Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

This Code is issued to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability.  Transparency gives local people the tools and information they need to hold local public bodies to account. The local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit Commission regime.  Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities, with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit.  In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in this Code.  This will enable local electors and ratepayers to access relevant information about the authorities’ accounts and governance. The Government considers that publication of the items in this Code will provide the local electorate and ratepayers with a clear picture of the activities of these smaller authorities. Listed below are the items which are required for publication under this Code.  Please click on each item for the relevant details.

  • Parish Council Finances
  • All items of expenditure above £100
  • End of Year Accounts
  • Annual Governance Statement
  • Internal Audit Report
  • Parish Council Asset Register
  • List of Councillor or Member Responsibilities
  • Details of Public Land and Building Assets
  • Minutes, Agendas and Meeting Papers of formal meetings
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