The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 (the Code) came into effect on 1 April 2015. The code is issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in exercise of powers under section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. The Code replaces any previous codes issued in relation to authorities in England under those powers.
The Code does not replace or supersede the existing framework for access to and re-use of public sector information provided by the:
- Freedom of Information Act 2000 (as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012)
- Environmental Information Regulations 2004
- Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005
- Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community Regulations 2009
- Sections 25 and 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 which provides rights for persons to inspect a local authority’s accounting records and supporting documentation, and to make copies of them.
Penryn Town Council meets the definition of a local authority covered by the requirements of the Code, as it is defined as ‘a parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is higher) exceeding £200,000’.
Procurement Information - The Council must publish details of every invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000. Contracts expected to be in excess of £25,000 are published via contracts finder here (link is external).
Grants to voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations - All grants issued are minuted within the monthly meeting, please use the link to access.
Trade Union Facility Time - The council currently have no staff who are union representatives.
Parking Account - The Town Council owns a car park at Shute Meadow and lease a car park at Permarin. These car parks are free to use and no income is derived from them.
Parking Spaces - The car parks listed above currently offer 95 spaces which are free to use.
Senior Salaries - Penryn Town Council has no employees whose renumeration was in excess of £50,000. Penryn Town Council does not pay bonuses or benefits in kind to employees.
Constitution - Local authorities are already required to make their constitution documents available for inspection at their offices under section 9P of the Local Government Act 2000. Local authorities must also, under the Code, publish their constitution on their website. Penryn Town Council's constitution is made up of the Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and Code of Conduct. Click on the link to view.
Fraud - Penryn Town Council has no staff members undertaking fraud investigation work and therefore has no information to publish.