Parish Council Transparency Code
The Coalition’s Programme for Government promised to “throw open the doors of public bodies, to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account”.
This note provides details of the following related initiatives:
- A Code of recommended practice on local authority data transparency, setting out minimum expectations of the data to be published by local authorities. The Code has been made legally binding for most local authorities as of 31 October 2014;
- A legal requirement upon local authorities to publish ‘pay policy statements’, setting out the remuneration of chief officers, and the ratio between the highest-paid and lowest-paid employees;
- A revised code of recommended practice on local authority publicity, published in March 2011. The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 permits the Secretary of State to direct authorities to comply with the code;
- Regulations requiring local authorities to permit members of the public to film and use social media in council meetings.
The matters covered in this note apply to England only, with the exception of pay policy statements, which also apply in Wales.
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