Council Spending Over £500
The government has pledged greater transparency across the public sector through publishing data to strengthen accountability to citizens. The purpose for authorities to publish public data is to enable greater transparency, greater engagement and greater efficiency by allowing inspection by residents, peer comparison and reuse of the data in applications and analysis.
As part of the transparency agenda the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government wrote to local authorities informing them they would have to publish expenditure on items over £500.
The information published here follows the format set out in the practitioners guide as published by the Local Government Group in collaboration with the Local Public Data Panel.
The reported expenditure is categorised using the Service Reporting Code of Practice for Local Authorities (SeRCOP) as provided by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This is an acknowledged service classification for describing services and allows comparisons to be made between service spend in different organisations.
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Senior Officer Salaries
In line with the new guidelines from the government we are publishing salaries of senior management.
The information provided is a snapshot for the council as of the 1 October 2010 in line with the guidance and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Senior Officer Salaries as of 10 October 2010
Pay Policy Statement
The Localism Act makes reference to 'Pay Accountability' and required Councils to determine and publish an annual Pay Policy Statement. The purpose of the Pay Policy Statement is to ensure there is transparency as to how pay and remuneration is set by the Council for all of its employees and particularly for its more senior level posts.
- The councils gross expenditure for the financial year 2009/10 was £24.9 million.
- The employment head count for the council is 283. The full time equivalent is 229.
Payment of Members' Allowances
Local Authorities such as Ribble Valley Borough Council are permitted to set the level of allowances that are paid to their Members to cover the expenses that they incur as part of being a local Councillor. Examples of these allowances are:
- A Basic Allowance - paid to every Member of the Council
- A Special Responsibility Allowance - paid to Committee Chairmen, the Leader, Deputy Leader, Shadow Leader etc
- Travel & Subsistence Allowances
You can find full details of the allowances in the Members Allowances Scheme
Details of the amount paid to each Councillor can be found in the PDF files below.