Finance & Local Government Transparency
Diss Town Council is committed to ensuring that public money is spent efficiently to provide an effective service to our residents.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities issued the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 (the code) which came into effect on 1st April 2015. The code was issued through powers under Section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 and replaces any previous codes issued in relation to local authorities in England under those powers.
The code aims to increase transparency through the publication of open and reusable data enabling taxpayers to see how local authorities are using public money.
The Code does not replace, or supersede, the existing framework for access to public sector information provided by the Freedom of Information Act 2020.
The code applies to town and parish councils with a gross income or expenditure in excess of £200,000.
Diss Town Council provides some of the information below but also elsewhere on this website.
Under the below headers, information and data are published at least quarterly by the Town Council. Under the Data Protection Act 2018, personal data will be redacted if it can identify an individual.
The code requires local authorities to publish details (including job descriptions, responsibilities, and staff numbers) of any senior employees earning over £50,000 per annum. At Diss Town Council no employees are earning over this amount. The Council's staffing structure can be found under Meet the Team.
There is an annual budget set aside for the Mayor of Diss to draw upon expenses incurred whilst attending civic functions during their term of office. This budget is included in the budget documents available below.
Please find details below for our Accounts:
Please note: Payment lists before March 2020 are not in an accessible format. Contact us for earlier payment lists.
Expenditure over £500
Annual Governance Documents
In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, councils are required to have an annual and mid-year internal audit. The internal auditor is appointed by the Council and evaluates and reviews the Council's risk management, controls and governance. A copy of the internal governance documents can be found below.
Most information is available free of charge and can be viewed on our website. Please view our Freedom of Information Publication Scheme, which details what we are required to publicise and how you can access this information.
Internal Control Documents
External and Internal Audit Policy - document pending
Financial Reserves Policy - document pending
Financial Statement Control Policy - document pending
Governance and Risk Management Policy and Register - document pending
Investment Strategy - document pending