The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 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.
Totnes Town Council meets the definition of a local authority covered by the requirements of the Code, defined as ‘a parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is higher) exceeding £200,000′.
The Code requires local authorities in England to publish the following information quarterly:
- Expenditure exceeding £500 – see below
- Government Procurement Card transactions – N/A for Totnes Town Council
- Procurement Information – see below
Additionally, local authorities are required to publish the following information annually:
- Local Authority Land – see below for details of all land and building assets
- Social housing assets – N/A for Totnes Town Council
- Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations – see below
- Organisational chart – see Council Staff
- Trade union facility time – N/A for Totnes Town Council
- Parking account – N/A for Totnes Town Council
- Parking Spaces – N/A for Totnes Town Council
- Senior salaries – N/A for Totnes Town Council
- Constitution – Local Councils, unlike principal authorities, are not required by law to adopt a constitution. However they need to adopt Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and other governing documents such as a Members Code of Conduct and a Publication Scheme. Totnes Town Council’s Policies can be viewed here Policies.
- Pay multiple
- Fraud – N/A for Totnes Town Council in 2016/17
- Waste contracts – Totnes Town Council use South Hams District Council Waste Collection Services
Totnes Town Council complies with the requirements of the code where applicable by publishing the information on this website.
Payments Over £500
Invitations to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5000:
2017 / 2018 1st & 2nd Quarters
Grounds Maintenance Contract – for grass cutting and grounds maintenance at Totnes Cemetery and St Mary’s Closed Churchyard, and the hedge cutting at Castle Meadow. Start 1/6/2017, end 31/3/2018, review date 31/12/2017.
Contracts, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and any other legally enforceable agreement with a value exceeding £5000:
2017 / 2018 1st & 2nd Quarters
None commencing these quarters.
Local Authority Land
Totnes Town Council owns the freehold of the following land and buildings:
- Guildhall (including the offices), 5 Ramparts Walk, Totnes, TQ9 5QH. Occupied by the Town Council.
- Guildhall Cottage, Ramparts Walk, Totnes, TQ9 5QH. Rented to a residential tenant.
- Guildhall Flat, 5A Ramparts Walk, Totnes, TQ9 5QH. Rented to a residential tenant.
- Guildhall Garage, Ramparts Walk, Totnes, TQ9 5QH.
- Totnes Museum, 70 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RU. Rented to a charitable organisation.
- Totnes Cemetery Chapel, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LX.
- Castle Meadow, Totnes. Public open space and sheep grazing.
- Strip of land running alongside Coronation Road, Totnes. Public open space.
Totnes Town Council owns the lease on the following buildings:
- Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SF. Occupied by the Town Council and available for hire.
- Eastgate Clock Tower, Fore Street, Totnes. Rented to a charitable organisation.
Totnes Town Council has responsibility for the maintenance of:
- Totnes Cemetery, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LX
- St Mary’s Closed Churchyard, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN.