Transparency

Transparency

As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.

Transparency

The following sections provide you with the opportunity to view a range of information regarding how we go about our business dealings.

Council spending & procurement
  • We publish details of our contracts to allow businesses to plan ahead and be ready to place a bid when the contract is up for tender. These opportunities are published through Pro Contract.  To view this information you will need to register your organisation on Pro Contract. This is free of charge.  Simply click the “Register free” link on the homepage and follow the instructions. Publication of this information forms part of our commitment to being open and transparent with residents. Click here to link to the Pro Contract webpage.
  • Waste contracts: details of existing waste collection contracts.  
  • Supplier payments (see the section below): monthly details of supplier payments of more than £499.99 from December 2010 to August 2012, then more than £249.99 thereafter (excluding VAT).
  • Government procurement card transactions: we do not use a government procurement card.
  • Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprises: this register includes grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
  • Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprises: This register includes grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
  • Please click here to view details of all invitations to tender. 
Council organisational information
  • Senior management salaries and organisation chart: details of all senior managers’ salaries (head of service and above), plus additional details of staff paid more than £58,200 per annum, including job descriptions. The page also includes the latest organisation chart, the council’s pay policy and details of the council’s ‘pay multiple,’ the ratio between the highest paid salary and the average salary of the whole of the council’s workforce.
  • Trade union facility time: details of the number of union representatives, including the names of trade unions and basic estimates of spending on them. This is currently showing full-time officials only and we are currently working with the unions to provide the part-time representatives data.
  • Pay policy and pay multiple: the Localism Act 2011 requires the county council to prepare and publish a pay policy statement. The purpose of such a statement is to articulate the council’s policies towards a range of issues relating to the pay of its workforce, particularly its senior staff and its lowest-paid employees. The council also wishes to ensure it operates on the principles of equal pay for work of equal value and also within the various other legislative requirements, including the Equality Act 2010.
Council constitution
  • Constitution of the council: Northumberland County Council has agreed a new constitution, which sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the council to choose.
  • Finance and contract rules, as adopted by the council on 22 February 2012.


 
Council parking
  • Parking account: a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.
  • Parking spaces: the number of marked out, controlled on and off-street parking spaces. 
Council fraud
Local authority land
We are committed to freeing up our data and want residents to be able to use the data that is held within this site free of charge from the following open data sources:

Details of the value of social housing stock that is held in the Housing Revenue Account:

Local Government Transparency Code 2015
Publishing this information meets the requirements of the Local Government Transparency Code 2015.

Open data

We are committed to being open and transparent about how we work, our decision-making processes and the services we provide.

As part of this pledge we are increasing the amount of data that we make available publicly so residents are able to hold us to account better.
 
We have used the government's code of recommended practice for local authorities on data transparency, which recommends the datasets councils should make available as a minimum, as a starting point for deciding what information we should make available.
 
Where possible and relevant, we have made this data available in both a 'human-readable' format (such as .pdf) and an open, 'machine-readable' format that is not dependent on any specific software (such as .csv).

Payments to suppliers

Each month we publish a list of all payments we make, showing; who we paid how much we paid what this was for

The monthly reports below list payments made to suppliers exceeding £499.99 to August 2012 and £249.99 thereafter (exclusive of VAT).

Publication of these reports forms part of our commitment to be open and transparent with Northumberland residents.

Payments to suppliers - 2017
Payments to suppliers - 2016
Payments to suppliers - 2015
Payments to suppliers - 2014
Payments to suppliers - 2013
Payments to suppliers - 2012
Payments to suppliers - 2011
Payments to suppliers - 2010
Dec 2010: CSV|PDF  
Important notes
  • Where values shown are less than that amount, it means that the payment has been split over multiple cost centres.
  • There are a number of exemptions in the data provided. These include non-commercial payments to specific individuals which cannot be disclosed as they are covered by Data Protection Act requirements. Employee and pension information are also not included as part of the dataset.
  • The data is published each month in two formats: CSV and Adobe PDF. This is to make it as useful to as many people as possible.
  • This data is freely reusable under the same terms as data.gov.uk. Click here for the terms and conditions.