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 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.

Whilst Sompting Parish Council does not meet the definition of a “local authority” covered by the requirements of the Transparency Code 2015 in terms of size, expenditure etc, it does consider it best practice to be open and transparent with its community and the people it serves. We have therefore followed the Code in relation to the information contained within this document.

The code requires local authorities in England to publish the following information quarterly:
• Expenditure Exceeding £500
• Government Procurement Card transactions
• Procurement information

Additionally, local authorities are required to publish the following information annually:
• Local Authority Land
• Social housing assets
• Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
• Organisational Chart
• Trade union facility time
• Parking account
• Parking spaces
• Senior salaries
• Constitution
• Pay multiple
• Fraud

Full details of the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 can be found here :

Contact Details:

The Clerk
Sompting Parish Council
The Old School House
Harriet Johnson Centre,
18 Loose Lane,
West Sussex
BN15 0BG

Telephone: 07813 484857 or 01903 208824

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