EDDC’s Transparency Code

But HAVING a Transparency Code doesn’t make you transparent – BEING transparent makes you transparent!

Secret meetings are not transparent and secret reports are not transparent, fighting the Information Commissioner when she says you must be transparent isn’t being transparent either!


2 thoughts on “EDDC’s Transparency Code

  1. The 2015 code requires the following information to be published:

    • expenditure Over £500;
    • Government Procurement Card transactions;
    • procurement Over £5,000.
    • local authority land
    • social housing assets (by 1 Sept 2015)
    • grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
    • organisation chart
    • trade union facility time
    • parking account
    • parking spaces
    • senior salaries
    • constitution
    • pay multiple
    • fraud

    It is the Social Housing Assets that has been added to the 2015 code – all other information was in the previous version and should already be published by councils. However, the Social Housing Assets information should previously have been published anyway (probably in a different format) under the Housing Revenue Account (Accounting Practices) Directions 2011.

    In addition, this and the previous version of the Transparency Code recommend that councils publish the following:

    • expenditure – over £250 rather than £500 (EDDC: No)
    • expenditure – monthly rather than quarterly (EDDC: Yes)
    • expenditure – on corporate credit / debit cards (EDDC: No)
    • expenditure – on remuneration (EDDC: No)
    • expenditure – classification using standardised CIPFA method (EDDC: No?)
    • procurement – above £500 (EDDC: No)
    • procurement – data monthly rather than quarterly (EDDC: Yes)
    • procurement – the actual contracts over £5,000 (EDDC: No)
    • procurement – co reg no. for contracts (EDDC: No)
    • procurement – informal invitations to quote (EDDC: No)
    • procurement – 12-month forward plan for tenders or quotes (EDDC: No)
    • procurement – Ward geographical coverage (EDDC: No)
    • procurement – Contract performance indicators (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – monthly rather than quarterly (EDDC: ?)
    • Non-housing assets – with Gross Internal Area (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – services offered (LGA classifications) (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – reason held (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – asset of community value (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – revenue expenditure on operation / maintenance (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – required maintenance (i.e. cost of returning building to standard condition) (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – functional suitability (to needs – scale of 1-4) (EDDC: No)
    • Non-housing assets – energy performance rating (EDDC: No)
    • parking spaces – chargeable spaces (EDDC: No)
    • parking spaces – free spaces (EDDC: No)
    • organisation chart – employees over £50k (EDDC: ?)
    • organisation chart – salary bands (EDDC: ?)
    • organisation chart – vacancies (current / future) (EDDC: ?)
    • grants – monthly rather than annual (EDDC: No)
    • fraud (EDDC: No)

    So here is yet another list of areas where EDDC is not exactly championing transparency.


  2. Late revised in March. On 24 June government issued new guidelines. Let’s see when these get incorporated!


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