Local Government Transparency Code

Local Government Transparency Code

The minimum data and information that all Local Authorities must publish, the frequency it should be published and how it should be published.

Local Government Transparency Code 2015

In October 2014 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued the first Local Government Transparency Code. This was updated the following year to Local Government Transparency Code 2015.

The code sets out the minimum data and information that all Local Authorities must publish, the frequency it should be published and how it should be published. The full documents can be accessed via the GOV.uk website.

The following information sets out links to the mandatory data and information that the Council is required to publish quarterly, annually and only once. As this is a new requirement not all of the information is currently available. This page will be updated in line with the statutory deadlines.

All of the information provided can be used and re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence, published by the National Archive - please familiarise yourself with the terms of the licence before re-using any of the data.

Local government transparency code 2015: frequently asked questions

Information which must be published quarterly

Expenditure Over £500

Each individual item of expenditure above £500 (individual invoices, grant payments, expense payments, payments for goods & services, grants, grant in aid, rent, credit notes over £500 and transactions from other public bodies)

Government Procurement Card Transactions

For every transaction on a Government Procurement Card

Payments To Commercial Suppliers Over £500 and Government Procurement Card transactions

Procurement Information

All invitations to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000 (net amount excluding recoverable VAT)

All contracts, commissioned activity purchase order, framework agreement etc with a value exceeding £5,000 (net excluding recoverable VAT): Contracts Register

Tenders for works relating to land and buildings with values below Official Journal of the European Union thresholds* are managed outside the web tendering system. The tender list for each contract is generated at random from a pool of contractors who are registered on Constructionline, who have expressed an interest in the relevant category of work and who meet Property Services' requirements:

  • SSIP accreditation (Acclaim, CHAS or SAFE Contractor) (Safety Schemes In Procurement – Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme
  • Public Liability Insurance cover of at least £5m
  • NICEIC or ECA approved contractor status (not Part P) for any electrical contractors. (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting – Electrical Contractors Association)
  • Gas Safe registration for any mechanical contractors 

Property Services tenders over £5000

* currently £172,514 for Services Contracts and £4,332.012 for works contracts

Information which must be published annually


Worcestershire County Council has a constitution which sets out:

  • how the Council operates
  • how decisions are made
  • the procedures which can be followed to make sure these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people

Some of these processes are required by law, and others are processes which the Council has chosen.

View the constitution

Controlled Parking Spaces

Number of marked out controlled on and off-street parking spaces or an estimate of the number of spaces where controlled parking space is not marked out in individual parking bays or spaces.

This is a district council function.


Details of counter fraud work and associated staffing: Prevention and Detection of Fraud

Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

Details of all grants:

Local Authority Land

Details on all land and building assets:

The files available list land and buildings owned (freehold or leasehold) or used under other legal agreement by Worcestershire County Council.

The list does not include the following:

  • properties from which council-related services are managed or delivered and in which the County Council has no legal interest, e.g. foundation and some Voluntary Aided schools
  • houses tenanted by individuals
  • highways infrastructure such as roads, pavements, bus shelters and cycle-ways; records of assets held for Highways purposes are currently being reviewed, and any which are found not to be subject to public rights will be added to the list in due course, in accordance with the Transparency Code
  • other non-property assets such as vehicles or IT

Ordnance Survey-derived data

This dataset includes location data derived from Ordnance Survey, which is subject to the terms of the Public Sector End User Licence – INSPIRE. You will be deemed to have accepted the Licence on accessing or using the data, and, as such, you may use this data for personal, non-commercial use only. Further details can be found at: EU INSPIRE End User Licence (Ordnance Survey website)


This information is published in good faith and is believed to be correct at the time of publication, and every reasonable effort will be made to keep it up to date. However, users of the information are strongly advised to check any specific details with the council before acting upon it. The council cannot accept any responsibility for any losses incurred as a result of third parties relying solely on this information.

Any queries relating to the list should be directed to Property Services via the following email address: amp@worcestershire.gov.uk

Organisation Chart

Covering each member of staff in the top three levels of the organisation. See also About Your Council

Parking Revenues

Income and expenditure on the authority's parking account including details of revenue collected from on-street parking, off-street parking and Penalty Charge Notices. Detail of how the authority has spent a surplus on its parking account.

Being prepared for statutory deadline.

Pay Multiple

Defined as the ratio between the highest paid taxable earnings for the given year (including base salary, variable pay, bonuses, allowances and the cash value of any benefits-in-kind) and the median earnings figure of the whole of the authority's workforce: Pay Policy Statement

Senior Salaries

The following details are provided within the Council's published annual within the notes to the Statement of Accounts, (see section Officers Remuneration):

  • the number of employees whose remuneration in that year was at least £50,000 in brackets of £5,000
  • details of remuneration and job title of certain senior employees whose salary is at least £50,000, and
  • employees whose salaries are £150,000 or more must also be identified by name. 

Trade Union Facility Time

Details on trade union facility time as of 01 February 2019.

Worcestershire County Council recognises UNISON, GMB, the National Education Union (NEU), NASUWT, VOICE, the National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Figure Support Trades Unions Teacher Trades Unions
Total number of trade union representatives (absolute number): 14 8
Full time equivalent (FTE) number of trade union representatives: 12.5 2.65
Total number of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties: 1 2
Total number (full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties: 1 1.3
Estimate of spending on unions: Circa £34,000 Circa £40,000
Estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill: 0.03%* 0.03%*

* Worcestershire County Council estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill has been calculated by dividing the total estimated yearly spending (support and teacher) by the total annual pay bill (non-schools and schools). Spending on teacher trade union facility time is funded by schools using the Dedicated Schools Grant.

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