Data Transparency and Open Data

What is Data Transparency and Open Data?

The local government transparency code was issued to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability. It makes it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services. The local goverment transparency code was updated in 2015, requiring data from more areas to increase transparency in decision making.

These areas of monitoring include:

  • Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

  • Procurement information - tender for contracts

  • Procurement information - contracts

  • Constitution

  • Expenditure of £500 or more

  • Fraud

  • Government Procurement Card transactions

  • Property Portfolio - local authority land

  • Parking account

  • Parking spaces

  • Senior salaries

  • Pay multiple

  • Organisation chart

  • Social housing asset value

  • Trade union facility time

  • Councillor Allowances

  • Waste contracts