The Finance and Administration Committee meets several times a year to review the Council’s income and expenditure, to consider the budget and make recommendation to the full Council and to review, consider and update the Council’s policies.
Records of income and expenditure are available to view at any time at the Council’s offices or information can be requested from the clerk.
The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 has been ‘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 Code is issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in exercise of his powers under section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 to issue a Code of Recommended Practice as to the publication of information by local authorities about the discharge of their functions and other matters…’
The Code ensures local people can now see the access data covering:
- How money is spend
- Use of assets
- Decision making – how decisions are taken and who is taking them
- Issues important to local people
The Code applies to a Council which has a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000. However, following the Code is recommended as good practice by all other Councils.
The Code does not replace or supersede the existing legal framework for access to and re-use of public sector information provided by the Council.
Local transparency will be implemented in a way that complies with Data Protection Act legislation including matters of sensitivity and confidentiality.
Ashurst Wood Village Council publishes (and available on Finance page links):
- Annual Report which includes a summary of income and expenditure
- Assets register
- Grants awarded (history from 2009 to date)
The Council employs six part time members of staff:
- Assistant Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer
- Youth Worker
- Assistant Youth Worker
Local Authorities are required to publish, under the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 details of employees whose remuneration in that year was at least £50,000. Ashurst Wood Village Council has no employees earning more than £50,000 per annum.
The ratio between the highest paid taxable earnings and the median earnings figure of the whole of the Council’s workforce is 1:2
The Local Authorities (Members Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 provide that a Parish Council may pay a basic allowance for each year to each of its members, and may pay a different amount to its Chairman. The Council may also pay a travel and subsistence allowance. In setting allowances, the Council must have regard to the recommendations contained on the report of Mid Sussex District Council’s Independent Members’ Panel.
Members of Ashurst Wood Village Council do not currently claim an allowance, but the Council has agreed that members may claim the following expenses:
Car Mileage 45p per mile
Contribution towards printer ink and paper
Note: Many councillors do not claim for any expenses.
The Chairman does not currently claim an allowance.
An item is allocated in the budget for Chairman’s allowance to cover incidental expenses such as flowers sent to staff or residents as thanks for services rendered to the Council.
Copies of our policies and Risk Assessments are available under Council Documents, click here