Local Government Transparency Code 2015 InformationThe 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
- Section 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 parish Councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of at least £200,000 to publish ‘Public Data’. The Government has implemented this Code of Practice for local authorities to provide greater transparency of public bodies, which is at the heart of their mandate to enable greater democratic accountability over how council tax and public money is spent. However, Public Data does not include personal information which would contravene the Data Protection Act 1998. In accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice Carn Brea Parish Council makes the following information available: