“This Code is issued to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services. Transparency is the foundation of local accountability and the key that gives people the tools and information they need to enable them to play a bigger role in society. The availability of data can also open new markets for local business, the voluntary and community sectors and social enterprises to run services or manage public assets.
The Government believes that in principle all data held and managed by local authorities should be made available to local people unless there are specific sensitivities (e.g. protecting vulnerable people or commercial and operational considerations) to doing so. It encourages local authorities to see data as a valuable resource not only to themselves, but also their partners and local people.”
Extracts from the Government’s updated Local Government Transparency Code, published February 2015
On this webpage are links to the information required by the Code to be published. The Council publishes this information in various formats that are easy to download. The Council is working together with the Government Cabinet Office to utilise their E-PIMS property data software which allows the publication of the Council’s land and property information in an easy to access format. It is expected that this information will be available by the end of June 2015.