In 2017 the Transparency Code for smaller authorities became mandatory. It applies to smaller parish councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 per annum.
All you need to know about your reporting requirements under the Transparency Code for Parish Councils
1 All smaller councils must publish information including minutes, agendas and financial documents
2 If your annual turnover is less than £25,000 you are legally required to publish this information online
3 Parish Council Websites will design you a new website that meets all your reporting requirements
The Transparency Code for Parish Councils requires all smaller authorities to publish the following information on their websites:
- Minutes, agendas and papers of formal meetings
- All items of expenditure above £100
- End of year accounts
- Annual governance statement
- Internal audit report
- List of Councillor or member responsibilities
- Details of public land and building assets
You can find further information on the Government website.
The Transparency Code applies to the following types of authorities:
- Parish Councils
- Town Councils
The code is mandatory from 1 April 2015 and requires the online publication of key spending and governance information on the occasions specified in the Code.
Funding for parish council websites
The Transparency Fund provided funding for parish council websites. It provided Government grants for local councils to set up a website. The Transparency Fund was administered by NALC. Unfortunately, this fund closed in 2017.