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Council Transparency

Information on different subjects is available on this page. To go directly to each section please click on the following links:

Information on council spending

The Communities Secretary has urged councils to publish details online of spending over £500 to increase openness and accountability. Information on payments we have made to suppliers over £500 from December 2010 is available to download below, as from August 2012 we have published the spending data over £250.

For each month the following information is shown:

Please note that the information is based on the payment date.

Publication of these lists forms part of our commitment to be open and transparent with its residents. All data provided is freely re-usable under the following terms: Data Terms and Conditions.

The percentage of their invoices paid within 30-days for 2015/16 was 99% and the amount of interest paid to suppliers due to late payment was nil.

If you have any other questions about a payment then please contact the Customer Service Centre and quote the amount and transaction number.

Spend per month documents

Find the data we have on spend per month.

Previous years' spend per month documents are available to view on our document library.

Pay Policy Statement and senior staff salaries 

The Government has set out its clear commitment to improved transparency about how it spends public money. This includes details of the size and shape of public bodies and about the remuneration provided to senior public servants. This is consistent with the Information Commissioners guidance that senior public servants should expect a degree of scrutiny of their remuneration arrangements. The Pay Policy Statement sets out details of the terms and conditions for employees at the council including the details about salaries of senior staff. The organisation chart illustrates how the council is structured.

Below you will find documents relating to senior staff salaries and our organisational chart.

More information may be found at Local Government Transparency Programme.

Council Tax in Kent Districts 

Authority2015-16 Band D Council Tax*2016-17 Band D Council Tax*
Ashford £145.45 £150.00
Tunbridge Wells £111.39 £115.53
Swale £159.93 £159.93
Dartford £162.90 £162.90
Dover £167.49 £172.44
Gravesham £181.71 £186.66
Tonbridge and Malling £187.51 £192.51
Canterbury £189.36 £194.31
Sevenoaks £192.87 £192.87
Thanet £209.97 £214.92
Maidstone £235.71 £240.66
Shepway £226.80 £232.56

*Excluding parish precepts

Open data communities 

Find out more about open data communities on the Department for Communities and Local Government (the DCLG) website.

The pages in this link illustrate a selection of the data held by the DCLG relative to the Swale Borough Council area, broken down into 5 general sub-headings of Housing, Finance, Deprivation, Wellbeing and Geography.

Voluntary and community sector grants and contracts 

The separate registers below in CSV format focus on and list grants from Swale Borough Council to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

Workforce equality data 

Find the data we have on workforce equality.

Local Area Perception survey data 

Find the data we have on the resident perception survey.

Customer satisfaction rating for environmental response team

Data for customer satisfaction rating for Environmental Response Team:

Property services data 

Find the data we have on Property services data 

Contracts Register 

Find the data we have on the Contacts Register.

View our commissioning and procurement page for information on tendering opportunities.

Parking 

Find the data we have on parking data.

Additional information can be found by downloading our Annual Parking Report 2013-14 (PDF 101kb)

Fraud 

Find the data we have on fraud data.

External inspection and peer review 

From time to time the Council is subject to external challenge by others within the Local Government Sector. This provides validation concerning the systems and processes we have in place, but more importantly serves as a mechanism to help us drive forward further improvement.

Peer Review

Find out how we did when being reviewed by an expert panel from with the Local Government sector.
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