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Transparency overview

We are committed to being open and transparent by publishing information on how we work. This includes how we spend public money, the decisions we take and our plans.

Transparency data

The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 sets out the key information that local authorities are expected to publish to:

“increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.”

This includes information about our:

  • Constitution
  • Organisation Structure
  • Senior Salaries
  • Pay Multiple
  • Trade Union Facility Time
  • Expenditure Exceeding £500
  • Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations
  • Procurement Card Transactions
  • Procurement Information
  • Local Authority Land
  • Parking Spaces and Parking Account data

Data we do not publish

We do not publish data for functions we are not responsible for carrying out. For example, we are not responsible for social housing or off-street parking. These functions are normally carried out by other Staffordshire local authorities.

We do not publish data which cannot be disclosed in a Data Protection Act compliant manner. If practicable we will publish anonymised data. We do not publish information falling within one or more exemptions or exclusions under the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations.

Other information we make available

Publication scheme

Although you can search and browse our website we also list information we routinely make available in our publication scheme. This includes information about:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • What we spend and how we spend it
  • What our priorities are and how we are doing
  • How we make decisions
  • Our policies and procedures
  • Lists and registers
  • County council services

Request information

Legislation and regulations such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) give you the right to ask for access to 'official' council information and your personal information. If we do not publish the information you need you can make a request.

What we have been asked for

We publish examples of information we have been asked for together with our responses. We also publish details of our public interest tests held to decide whether the release of information is in the public interest. 

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