This Transparency Code is designed to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability. It applies to parish councils with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000. The code became mandatory from 1 April 2015 and requires the online publication of key spending and governance information. The Government considers that publication of the items in the Code will provide the local electorate and ratepayers with a clear picture of the activities of these smaller authorities. Below is the Transparency Code information for Denford Parish Council:
Information which should be published
All items of expenditure above £100
Annual publication no later than 1 July in the year immediately following the accounting year to which it relates. Publish details of each individual item of expenditure. Copies of all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other related documents do not need to be published but should remain available for inspection. For each individual item of expenditure the following information must be published: a. date the expenditure was incurred, b. summary of the purpose of the expenditure, c. amount.