Transparency

Northumberland County Council believes transparency is a key condition and driver for the delivery of council services. As a publicly funded organisation, the council has a duty to the residents that it serves to be transparent in its business operations.

As a public funded organisation, Northumberland County Council has a duty to the residents that it serves to be transparent in how council tax money is spent and its business operations and outcomes. As a result, the following pages to provide you with the opportunity to view a range of information.

Business

A list of contracts that have been awarded by the Council. Publishing our contracts allows businesses to plan ahead and enables them to be ready to place a bid when the contract is up for tender.

Democratic

Information on the democratic running of the Council

Details of committee meetings agendas, reports and decisions.

The results of both current and historical elections, together with information about the election process.

Current County Councillors and their membership of committees.

An overview of the executive structure the Council including members of the Executive and details of how to contact your local councillor, or attend a meeting.

Overview of the role of the Council’s Scrutiny Committees and links to membershipmeeting dates, agendas and minutes

agendas and minutes

The Council’s Constitution, revised version adopted by the Council on 6 July 2011 and Finance and Contract Rules, as adopted by the Council on 22 Feb 2012

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Financial

The latest information about the 2014-2015 budget.

Details of all Senior Managers Salaries (Head of Service and above) plus additional details of staff paid over £58,200 per annum including job descriptions. The page also includes 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.

The staff structure of the Council including budgets, numbers of staff and salary bands.

Information about the various pension schemes for staff, teachers and firefighters.

The Council’s Financial Statements, Summary Accounts, notices, Auditor’s opinions and an explanation of elector’s rights in respect of the accounts.

Monthly details of supplier payments over £499.99 from December 2010 to August 2012, then over £249.99 thereafter (excluding VAT).

Inspection Results

An assessment of the local public services that serve you looking at how well they are performing and how they are spending public money in your area.  There is an organisational assessment combining information on how good services are and information on value for money in how the Council is using its resources.

Property

The location of public land and building assets and key attribute information.

A schedule of land and buildings including details of tenure:

iLandmaps

An interactive tool that identifies land parcels owned by the Council.

Planning and Licensing

Service Information

A clear statement of the resources used by a Service and describe how a Group or Service contributes to the County Council's Policy Priorities & Community Outcomes. The plans also indicate staffing numbers, budgets and the structure of each Service.

The Council’s interactive website which is used to manage future consultation exercises for the Council. The website is still being developed and the Council is also registering interested parties in the consultation database

Guidance and advice in relation to the Freedom of Information Act as it relates to the Council.

Informative employment related news stories, information about changes to policies and details of any initiatives or projects within the HR work programme, wherever possible.

A summary of policy developments relevant to the Council.