Expenditure over 500 pounds

This information is about items or services purchased by the council that cost over £500.

We are publishing this information to be open about our spending and to improve access to our data.

Expenditure over £500 reports

In line with the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 these reports will be prepared and published on a quarterly basis no later than the end of the following month. The reports can be found on the Downloads tab.

What the data shows

The data shows a range of information including: the supplier name, amount of spend, a description of the spend and the purchasing department.

What is not included

  • salaries
  • refunds
  • sensitive personal information, such as individual foster carer payments
  • any payments which may reveal details about an individual
  • internal charges between different parts of the council

All spend data has been reviewed internally prior to publication. Payments to certain individuals and suppliers cannot be disclosed as they are covered by Data Protection Act requirements. Where this is the case the individual or supplier name has been replaced with the words 'Redacted - personal data’

The costs shown exclude VAT.

Data format

We draw the data each month from our financial management system.

We are currently publishing the data in CSV format. This allows you to copy the data into a spreadsheet or database.

This data is free to reuse under the Open Government Licence and in accordance with the Code of Conduct.


Please email any queries about an expenditure report to; we will endeavour to respond within 10 working days.

If your query is about a specific item, please provide the supplier name, the amount and department. Otherwise, please give us the month to which your query relates and any particular supplier names about which you wish to enquire.

Invoice payment performance

We are committed to ensuring that all accurate and appropriate invoices for supplies, works and services are paid promptly in line with our invoice payment policy. Our standard payment terms means invoices are normally settled within 30 days.

We are happy to report our supplier invoice payment performance as follows:

Financial year Proportion of valid and undisputed invoices paid within 30 days Amount of interest paid to suppliers due to a breach of the requirement in Regulation 113 of PCR2015
2016/17 95.02% Nil

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