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SMPC Transparency Code

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, and 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:

  • 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

The code requires any local authority which has either gross or annual expenditure exceeding £200,000 to publish the following information quarterly:

 

Cashbook transactions totalling £500 or more

We publish our quarterly cashbook transactions of £500 or more as a PDF available from our Expenditure Reports page. All expenditure, including that below £500, is detailed in the minutes of meetings where it is approved.

Government Procurement Card Transaction

The Council does not have a Government procurement card and, therefore, has nothing to report. Should this change we will provide the information here. The Council does have a corporate credit card and expenditure on the credit card is detailed in the minutes of the meetings where it was approved.

Procurement Information

We publish details of invitations to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services and details of contracts, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and other legally enforceable agreement with a value that exceeds £5,000 as a PDF available from our Procurement Information page.

 

Additionally, local authorities are required to publish the following information annually:

Local Authority Land

We publish details of our land and building assets as a PDF available from our Land Report page.

Social Housing Assets

The Council does not have any social housing assets and, therefore, has nothing to report. Should this change we will provide the information here.

Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

Details of all grants to voluntary, community and social enterprises are highlighted within published data on expenditure over £500 and may therefore be found on our Expenditure Reports page.

Organisational Chart

Members of the Council and staff are detailed on our People page.

Trade Union Facility Time

No members of staff are union representatives and, therefore, there is nothing to report. Should this change we will provide the information here.

Parking Account

The Council does not have a parking account and, therefore, has nothing to report. Should this change we will provide the information here.

Parking Spaces

The Council manages and maintains two car parking areas. West End Road car park has 19 free marked bays and The Fairground car park has approximately 24 free unmarked bays.

Senior Salaries

The Council has no employees whose remuneration is £50,000 or more per annum and, therefore, has nothing to report. Should this change we will provide the information here.

Constitution

Local Councils are not required by law to adopt a constitution. However, they do need to adopt Standing Orders, Financial Regulations & other governing documents which set out how the Council will operate.  These documents may be found on our Policies page.

Pay Multiple

The pay multiple is defined as the ratio between the highest paid taxable earnings for the given year (including base salary, variable pay, bonuses, allowances and the cash value of any benefits-in-kind) and the median earnings figure of the whole of the authority’s workforce.

The pay multiple as of the 31st March 2021 is 1.41

Fraud

This is not relevant to the Council and, therefore, there is nothing to report. Should this change we will provide the information here.

Waste Contracts

We publish details of our waste contract as a PDF available from our Waste Contract page.

Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council complies with the requirements of the code by publishing the information on this website above. Hard copies are available on request from the Parish Council office.

Full details of the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 can be found on the gov.uk website. (opens in new window)