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The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency

(Pursuant to Section 2 of the Local Government, Planning & Land Act 1980)

The Local Government Transparency Code came into effect in 2014 as a recommended practice for data transparency, which applies to Parish and Town Councils with a gross income or expenditure over £200,000. The Government encourages councils to increase transparency, through publication of open data, enabling taxpayers to see how local authorities use public money. Stoke Gifford Parish Council provides the majority of this information already on their website, but has taken further steps to provide this page to help direct users to easily locate the information, or provide a direct link to help locate the relevant information.

1. Expenditure over £500

The council is obliged to publish any expenditure over £500, including supplier and transaction information. Stoke Gifford Parish Council publish all transactions (not just those over £500) and are approved at monthly council meetings.

View Expenditure Lists

2. Officers Decisions Made Under Delegated Powers

Records of councillors decisions made under delegated powers are recorded in the council minutes. Follow the link below to view all council meeting minutes.

View Council Meeting Minutes

3. Senior Employees

The Parish Council are required to publish details of any senior employee salaries, job title and responsibilities for those earning over £50,000 per annum. None to declare.

The Stoke Gifford Parish Council staff structure / organization chart can be found at the following links:

View Council Staff | View Council Staff Structure (PDF)

4. Pay multiple

The Stoke Gifford Parish Council staff pay multiples can be viewed at the following link:

Pay Multiples 1st April 2022 (PDF)

5. Councillors Allowance & Expenses

Stoke Gifford Parish Council do not pay Councillors Allowances.

Members expenses - None to declare to date.

Members allowance policy can be found at the following link:

View SGPC Members' Allowances (PDF)

6. Contracts and tenders to businesses and to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector.

All contracts or tenders for business over £2,000 will require three quotes (where possible). All tenders are reviewed at council meetings and approved and recorded through the council minutes.

Please see Code of Conduct item 5.3 for the procedure in which the council manage contracts and tenders:

View SGPC Code of Conduct (PDF)

Decision on contracts / tenders can be found in Council minutes:

View Council Meeting Minutes

7. Grants to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector

Stoke Gifford Parish Council promotes an active community in Stoke Gifford by awarding grants annually to non-profit making organisations. Follow the link below to view grants awarded.

View Grants Awarded

8. Policies, Performance, External Audits and Key Inspections and Key Indicators.

9. The Location of Public Land and Building Assets

See below to view the Councils Register of Interests:

View Map of Parish Boundary (PDF)

View Buildings and Facilities

10. Trade union facility time

Total number of staff who are union representatives = NONE

Total number of union representatives who devote at least 50% of their time to union duties = NONE

11. Data of Democratic Running of the Town Council

The constitution of the Stoke Gifford Parish Council is known as Standing Orders and lays out how the business of the Council is conducted. A copy of Standing Orders & Code of Conduct can be found on the following page:

View SGPC Policies & Procedures

The decisions of the Council are recorded in the minutes of meetings, which can be viewed at the following page:

View Council Meeting Minutes

12. Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Introduced in 2010, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tool for local councils to help raise funds from developers to deliver infrastructure such as new schools, open space or public transport. CIL is charged for certain types of development in the area and commenced on 1 August 2015.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Statement for previous years can be downloaded using the links below:

Community Infrastructure Levy Statement 2019/2020 (PDF)

Community Infrastructure Levy Statement 2020/2021 (Word)

2021/2022 Awarded £30,640 – yet to be published

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