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Transparency Code

Transparency Code

Local Government Transparency Code

To promote openness and transparency, The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 to meet the Government's desire to place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

All Council must publish the following information in line with the requirements of the Data Transparency Code.


Expenditure exceeding £250

We publish reports of all our payments to suppliers that exceed £250.

The expenditure reports do not include VAT that is not recoverable as E-Fin system will not allow this. A separate VAT report can be run if required.


Procurement Information

Government Procurement card transactions - Not applicable as we do not have a Government Procurement Card.

We share information on the Current Tenders and contracts register.

Waste Contract - Not Applicable as waste collections are dealt with in-house.


Local Authority Land

We share details of all land and building assets.


Grants

We offer Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

We publish information about grants that have been awarded, this is available to download:


Organisation Chart and Senior Salaries

We share an Organisational chart, covering staff in the top three levels of the organisation. This chart includes the following information:

  • Grade
  • Job title
  • Local authority department and team
  • Whether permanent or temporary staff
  • Salary in £5,000 brackets including salary ceiling

We share information regarding the Senior Management Group.

We share the Budget Book, this provides details of the budget held for each service area.

We share Information about current vacant posts.

We provide details of the gender pay gap at Braintree District Council.


Trade Union Facility Time

We publish information on trade union facility time.


Parking Account

We share the parking accounts - This provides a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authorities parking account.


Parking Spaces

Parking Spaces - We provide details of the number of off-street and on street parking spaces.

We provide details of the spaces available in the local authority area and details of any charges that apply for:

We share information on the 10p parking scheme.


Constitution

We share information on the Council constitution. This shares how we operate, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.


Pay multiple

The pay multiple defined as the ratio between the highest paid taxable earnings for the given year and the median earnings figure of the whole authority’s workforce is as follows:

  • 2015/16 – 5.78:1
  • 2016/17 – 6.16:1
  • 2017/18 - 5:26:1
  • 2018/19 - 5:39:1

Fraud

Braintree District Council’s Benefit Investigation Team transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP from the 1st September 2015 as part of the Single Fraud Investigation Service. Responsibility for Investigating benefit fraud now rests with the DWP. The figures below relate to the investigation of non-benefit fraud such as council tax and non-domestic rates.

We share Details of fraud investigations and prosecutions - this details the number of fraud cases investigated.

The number of occasions we use powers under the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013-12.

The number of employees that are undertaking investigation & prosecution of fraud:

  • 2017/18 - 1 Fraud Officer (0.97FTE)
  • 2018/19 - 1 Fraud Officer (0.97FTE)

The number of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists:

  • 2017/18 (up to 29/4/18) – 1 Fraud Officer (The Fraud Officer was an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist)
  • 2018/19 - 2 Fraud officers (The Fraud Officer and Audit Insurance & Fraud Manager are Accredited Counter Fraud Specialists)

Total amount spent by the Authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud:

  • 2014/15 - £138,500.33
  • 2015/16 - £100,995.65
  • 2016/17 - £40,483.79
  • 2017/18 - £47,772.25
  • 2018/19 - £50,306.40

Social housings asset value

Social Housing - Our housing stock was transferred to Greenfields Community Housing Association in 2007 and the Housing Revenue Account was closed on the 31st March 2012.