Smaller Authorities Transparency Code update

The Smaller Authorities Transparency code is a piece of legislation that came into effect in April 2015. It requires all smaller authorities, with a turnover of less than £25,000, to have measures in place to ensure they are transparent and accountable to their communities.

The code requires your council to publish key spending and governance information online and if you’re not compliant, now is the time to act.

The good news is that the legislation provides clear guidance for exactly what you must publish and there is funding available to alleviate the financial implications of compliance, so this needn’t be a burden or pressure for councils.

NALC has been chosen by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to administer a £4.7m fund to help councils get compliant and over £750,000 has been distributed country-wide to date. You can claim for funding for things like computers, scanners, broadband access and training; the things that your authority needs to get up-to-date in the digital age. The fund is being administered through CALCs (dealing with both member and non-member councils) and applying is easy.

Lincolnshire councils have already benefited to the sum of more than £12,500.

Contact the office directly by e-mailing Lindsey (lindsey.westman@lalc.co.uk)to request further guidance and a simple application form. All applications are processed by NALC on a monthly basis.

Posted Thursday, 7th July 2022