Open Government (Transparency Code)
The government has published ‘The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency’ which requires parish and town councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) of a least £200,000 to publish ‘Public Data’.
The Government has implemented this Code of Practice for local authorities to provide greater transparency of public bodies, which is at the heart of their mandate to enable greater democratic accountability over how council tax and public money is spent. However, Public Data does not include personal information as this would contravene the Data Protection Act 1998. In accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice Wem Town Council makes the following information available:
Expenditure over £250
Our Schedule of Payments are approved at each meeting of the Council and therefore form part of the Minutes of that meeting. Should you wish to examine these payments please look at the agenda and minutes page for Full Council minutes. However details of expenditure over £250 for the financial year 2016 - 17 can be found here
The Town Council is required to publish details of any senior employees (including job descriptions, responsibilities, budgets, and number of staff) earning over £58,200 per annum.
Wem Town Council has no employees earning in excess of this sum.
Staff Structure and Current Vacancies
The Town Council currently employs 4 members of staff headed up by the Town Clerk. An orgainsational chart of the staff structure can be viewed here. There are currently no vacancies within the Town Council.
Members Allowances and Expenses
The Town Mayor receives an annual allowance of £1500 to enable her to undertake his duties during his time in office.
Contracts and Tenders to businesses and voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector
A copy of any such contract or tender will appear in a link here.
Grants to the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Sector
The Town Council sets aside a budget each year to support local orgainsations.
A list of grants made to local organisations in the current financial year can be found here
The Location of Public Land and Buildings
Click to see the town Council's asset register which lists assets under the ownership of the Town Council