Procurement

Data Sharing and Transparency

Data Sharing

The Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use creditor payment information for the prevention and detection of fraud.  It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

The Council is required under section 6 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 to participate in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise.  Creditor payment data will be provided to the Audit Commission for NFI and will be used for cross-system and cross-authority comparison with other relevant organisations’ data for the prevention and detection of fraud.  The processing of data by the Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part IIA of the Audit Commission Act 1998.  It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.’

For further information on fair processing please, please click here.

In this connection the Council is currently working with Bravo solutions UK Ltd, delivered through a specialist sub-contractor Twice2Much, to identify and recover overpayments made to suppliers.

Transparency

The Department for Communities and Local Government has introduced a requirement for Local Authorities to publish details of payments. Suppliers to the Council should be aware that the following spend information is published on the Council’s website on a monthly basis:

  • The Supplier.
  • Transaction date.
  • Amount paid.
  • Payment reference number.
  • Expenditure type description.
  • Originating business unit (e.g. our service authorising payment).

Data containing personal information e.g. payments to individuals for care packages is not public data and is therefore not published.

Please click here to view the council’s financial information for all transactions. Details of all council contracts can be viewed by clicking here.

Annual performance of payments in line with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Please see below for the Annual performance of payments in line with Regulation 113 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015:

Financial Year

Proportion of valid & undisputed invoices paid within 30 days in accordance with regulation 113

The amount of interest paid to suppliers due to a breach of the requirement in regulation 113

2016/17

96.6%

£5.72