This code was issued to meet the government's desire to place more power into the publics hands to increase democratic accountability.

It applies to the following types of authorities with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000:

  • parish councils
  • internal drainage boards
  • charter trustees
  • port health authorities

The code is mandatory from 1 April 2015 and requires the online publication of key spending and governance information on the occasions specified in the Code.

The Local Government Transparency Code sets out the minimum data that local authorities should be publishing and the frequency it should be published and how it should be published.