The Department for Communities and Local Government published a revised Local Government Transparency Code (the Code) on 3 October 2014. Local authorities are now required to publish open data as specified in the Code.

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014  is published, alongside a frequently-asked questions document.

The Code requires local authorities in England to publish information related to the following themes: 

  • expenditure over £500
  • government procurement card transactions
  • contract and tender information
  • grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
  • organisation chart
  • senior salaries
  • the pay multiple
  • trade union facility time
  • local authority land and building assets
  • parking accounts and  parking spaces
  • fraud
  • the constitution.

Guidance documents


The Local Government Association (LGA) has produced a set of revised practical guidance documents to support local authorities in understanding and implementing the Transparency Code 2014 and to help them publish the data in a meaningful and consistent way.

The guidance has been divided into four themes:

Open data schemas


Together with LeGSB, local authorities and Porism, and with input from data users, we have also developed templates and schemas for most of the datasets. The templates are a guide what to include in the publication which can be found in the annexes of each of the guidance documents. The schemas are tabular formats for publishing the data in spreadsheets. These schemas can be used on a voluntary basis as a standard against which local authorities can publish data – enabling easy access, reuse and comparison between different areas. The schemas are available on http://transparency.opendata.esd.org.uk/.

For further information, please email: transparency@local.gov.uk