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.


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.

The register lists all contracts, commissioned activity, purchase orders, framework agreements and other legally enforceable agreements, including waste collection contracts, that exceed £5,000. It is updated quarterly. Publication of this information forms part of our commitment to being open and transparent with residents.  Please click here to view Contract Award Data.

All opportunities above threshold as per Standing Orders with Northumberland County Council are published through Pro Contract. Please click here for details.


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

  • Civic Car

The Council has purchased a Skoda car in order to provide our own in-house civic transport arrangements, as this offered better value for money than using external taxi hire.  The Skoda was purchased outright as part of the Council’s fleet renewal programme at a capital cost of £20,887, as this option gave greater flexibility and better value for money than leasing the vehicle.   The annual cost of providing the vehicle  is charged back to Democratic Services at £4,852 per annum.  This annual charge is calculated in order to recover the cost of purchasing the vehicle over a 3 year period (taking into account resale value at 3 years old) as well as insurance, maintenance and road fund licence.  The Council has also purchased a VW Caravelle as part of its fleet renewal programme at a cost of £28,418 and this vehicle is used for civic transport, members site visits and general staff transport with the ‘hire’ cost being recharged to service user departments on a daily rate of £22.24.  Again this compares favourably to the previous arrangements of minibus / taxi hire.

The Council does not employ ‘Chauffeurs’.   The Council’s Fleet Management team provides an internal mail courier service for all Council premises and also provides fleet logistics support for service departments (for example driving HGV’s to and from MOT testing stations).  The fleet transport drivers are used to drive the Skoda and VW Caravelle if required and their time recharged to the service department.

A breakdown of the journeys undertaken by the car can be seen by clicking here


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).


Pothole Fund Application Submission to the Department for Transport.

pdfC2 Highways Inventory Assets.pdf 138 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfC2 Mayrise Lighting.pdf 721 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfC2 Directory of requests information.pdf 181 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB7 Performance Measurement Scorecard for Streetworks.pdf 378 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfC2 Bridgestation.pdf 838 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfC2 Members LTP Workshop Agenda.pdf 106 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
docPothole Fund Application Appendices Northumberland.doc 983 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfTAMP.pdf 665 KB5/23/2014 9:22 AM
pdfD1 Supporting Information.pdf 114 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfC2 Pothole Bid.pdf 496 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfC2 WGA Account Return.pdf 221 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 F Highway Inspection Manual.pdf 412 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 H Dealing with defects.pdf 229 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 C workforce development plan.pdf 693 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 A LTP Implentation Plan 2011-15.pdf 236 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 C training plan.pdf 409 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 I Lifestyle Survey 2014.pdf 994 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB4 Customer feedback Card.pdf 162 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB5 Draft Northumberland Walking Strategy.pdf 287 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB2 innovative ways of repair.pdf 260 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 K Risk Analysis of Highway Defects authorisation.pdf 23 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
pdfB1 K Risk Analysis of Highway Defects Policy.pdf 299 KB5/23/2014 9:21 AM
docPothole fund application 134 KB6/2/2014 10:07 AM

Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund – Small Schemes Bid

Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund – Large Schemes Bid

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.


Open Data

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 two open data sources:


Future of County Hall

In April 2014, the council’s policy board asked for a detailed options report on the potential location of County Hall, and expressed a preference for a move to Ashington.

We commissioned specialist Consultants, GVA, to look at options and to calculate the revenue costs, capital costs and land values of different options.

A separate set of consultants, ERS, were asked to look at the economic impact of moving County Hall away from Morpeth to Ashington Town Centre.

This work is now complete and the policy board will soon consider recommendations on the future of County Hall.

You can see copies of the reports and supporting documents here:

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.