The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the 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 Local Government (Transparency Requirements) (England) Regulations 2014 regulates the Code.
DCLG have published a revised Code on 27 February 2015 which includes new requirements to publish social housing assets. The proposed revised Code is due to come into effect on 1 April 2015.
Local Government Transparency Guidance 2015
The Code requires local authorities in England to publish information related to the following themes:
- expenditure over £500
- government procurement card transactions
- procurement information
- grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
- organisation chart
- senior salaries
- the pay multiple
- trade union facility time
- local land assets
- social housing asset value
- parking accounts and parking spaces
- the constitution.
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:
- Publishing data (general guidance relevant to all requirements of the Code) (PDF) (updated 22 December 2014)
- Publishing data (general guidance relevant to all requirements of the Code) (Word doc) (updated 22 December 2014)
- Publishing spending and procurement information (PDF) (updated 4 December 2014)
- Publishing spending and procurement information (Word doc) (updated 4 December 2014)
- Publishing organisation information (PDF) (updated 19 January 2015)
- Publishing organisation information (word doc) (updated 19 January 2015)
- Publishing land assets and parking information (PDF) (updated 17 February 2015)
- Publishing land assets and parking information (Word Doc) (updated 17 February 2015)
We will update the above guidance to take account of the Transparency Code 2015.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org