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.
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
Information on the democratic running of the Council
Details of committee meetings agendas, reports and
The results of both current and historical elections, together
with information about the election process.
Current County Councillors and their membership of
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
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
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
Pothole Fund Application Submission to the Department for
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.
The location of public land and building assets and key
A schedule of land and buildings including details of
An interactive tool that identifies land parcels owned by the
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
Planning and Licensing
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.