As a Council, all our financial information and budget setting has always been publicly available and decisions on our budget setting are made in public meetings.
However, the Government wants to improve transparency so the aim of publishing each 'spend' is to make it easy for you to see more specifically how we spend money.
This does not include grant aid or cases where some of our funds are transferred to another council such as Somerset County Council to deliver part of a partnership service as it would be misleading to publish these in this format as a separate 'spend', but we would be more than happy to go through this with you if you are interested.
Our spending reports
Our spending reports for previous years only include data for 'spends' over £500, as required by Government. For this reason, you will notice a fewer number of transactions and a lower spend value compared to our most recent year's report. This is due to the change in what we have chosen to publish and not necessarily do to an increase in spending.
View our previous reports below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
Detailed below are some spend areas that require a little more explanation, we have attempted to cover most of the significant areas that look interesting, however, as with such a big amount of data its inevitable that some other areas could exist that on the face of the spending data look " worthy of more explanation"
Under Utilities, heading "Other" Windmills and Wind power equipment value £32,550.00.
Explanation, whilst this shows as a spend against the councils a large proportion of the cost was recouped from Grants from Central Government and a major Energy supplier the actual cost to the councils was less than £15K.
Under Utilities, Water Companies a very large spend of £154,247.00 shows in the data.
Explanation, the number is distorted compared to other district councils, primarily due to the council owning and running its own swimming pool and this has a high cost in terms of water and effluent charges.
Facilities management, Security, Security Services, large spend of £142,827.00
Explanation, due to the categorisation our cash collection spends has been lumped in with Security Services. A large proportion of this spend is on our cash collection contract which covers collection and delivery of cash from all council offices ands more importantly all public car parks.
Arts and Leisure Services has a collective very large spend of £606,732.00.
Explanation, this council has a well-regarded local Theatre and this spend reflects the investment in this valued local services.
Catering, Food and Beverages, Brewers with a substantial spend of £21,198.00.
Explanation, we have a theatre with a bar and the spend with St, Austell Brewery is for bar stocks sold to the public
Furniture and soft Furnishings, Office furniture and equipment, has a large spend of £62K.
Explanation, although listed as furniture, includes all the office suppliers that the council has used including paper etc.
We have provided explanations to the most obvious and largest spend areas undoubtedly others small spend areas may look interesting, the council will be more than happy to answer such questions as they arise.
Payment Performance Statistics
Under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 we are required to publish data demonstrating compliance with the obligation to pay invoices within 30 days to first tier suppliers/prime contractors over the previous 12 months.
Finance Year % of invoices paid within 30 days 2017/18 2016/17 97% 2015/16 97%
No interest was paid to suppliers due to late payment.
Government Procurement Cards
In accordance with the Transparency Agenda, South Somerset District Council wishes to fully and correctly engage with and support central government policy to make as much of the spending decisions we make available to public scrutiny.
You can view cards spending reports below:
Central Government's Transparency Agenda also allows you to see a whole range of information and publications. For more information, visit the Cabinet Office Transparency page online.