Council spending over £500

We are committed to making our finances clear so everyone can see exactly how we are spending money.

We've developed a spending website to help you find out what we spend and where. The website shows:

  • Details of all transactions over £500.
  • Details of smaller transactions that are contained in one invoice that is over £500.
  • Spending that has taken place since April 2010.
  • You can search by department, spend type or subject, as well as by supplier.

You can download our spending data in various data formats

Each item of spending also has an online form attached to it, so you can easily contact us for more information.

We publish the information, where possible, in accordance with the government's spending data guidance.

What's included?

The following information is included:

Information published

Field Name  Description
Body This is a link to our data on the government's data website.
Body name  Lichfield District Council.
Date  The date the invoice was entered onto the system.
Transaction Number  A unique number allocated for each transaction.
Amount  This is the value of the invoice, excluding VAT, charged to each expense area and expenditure type. Because invoices can be charged to more than one cost code, individual amounts on the report may be for less than £500.
Supplier Name   The name of the supplier recorded on the council's financial system.
Supplier Id  A unique system generated number for each supplier. 
Expense area   The name of the cost centre to which the invoice has been charged. Our coding structure reflects the organisation of the council.
Expense type The internal account code which represents the expenses type
Expense code The description of the type of expenditure, e.g. consultancy, stationery.
Extended description  Specific type of activity separately identified.

What's not included?

While all transactions will be published, certain pieces of personal information within those transactions are removed and replaced with general terms, to provide protection under the Data Protection Act.

Examples include the names of:

  • Children
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Housing benefits
  • Recipients of compensation payments
  • Recipients of severance payments
  • Payments to individuals

Any questions? 

If you have a queries about the data published, please email us at foi@lichfielddc.gov.uk stating your name and details of the enquiry. If the query is about a specific transaction, please quote the transaction number stated in the report. We will respond to your enquiry within 20 working days.


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