Transparency and open data
As an organisation we understand the importance of being open and transparent about the decisions we take and how and where money is spent.
Transparency improves local accountability and it makes it easier for people to challenge and shape their public services.
The 2015 Local Government Transparency Code sets out a number of key principles that councils must follow to ensure they publish information in a way that is helpful and relevant.
They also outlined a number of key data sets which are going to be of most interest to residents.
We have used this code as the starting point for providing information, but where possible we will go further to ensure that as much information as possible is in the public domain.
In June 2016 we commissioned a Peer Challenge Review, conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA). The review was an opportunity to reflect on the services we deliver and the relationship we have with members, residents, businesses and the wider community.
Overall, the review found the Council to be well run with stable leadership, both politically and managerially. It also recognised our strong financial base and praised our decision to invest in regenerating the borough. The review did highlight some challenges, but the findings and next steps in the report will ensure we deliver our aims and objectives.
Full details are available in the Local Government Association Peer Review Report (PDF 177KB).