The Council has enacted its business continuity plans and is redeploying staff to priority services.

Please check our Coronavirus updates page for the latest information about Council services.

Local government transparency code

The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 was published by the Department for Communities and Local Government in February 2015. The Code sets out key principles for local authorities in creating greater transparency through the publication of public data.

The data on this page is published under The Open Government Licence. This is a free open licence for public sector bodies to license the use and re-use of their information and data easily. If you are intending to use or re-use any of our data please note the conditions of the licence.

Payments over £250

We have published items of spending over £500 since April 2010 and items of spending over £250 from June 2012, just select the year from the drop down menu and click search.

The list includes payments for:

  • Goods and services
  • Grants to third party providers and expenses

Exclusions from the list include the following items (not exhaustive):

  • Banking Investments
  • Parish precepts
  • Election staff payment
  • Refunds
  • Member Allowances
  • Payments relating to employee remuneration
  • Payments relating to benefits and homelessness payments

Certain payments, for example to private individuals, have been redacted under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts.

Government procurement card transactions

The Government's transparency agenda encourages local authorities to make public data openly available, as part of this items of spending via our Purchase Cards can be seen by month, just select the year from the drop down and click search.

Certain data may be redacted to comply with the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts.

Procurement information

You can search our financial data for a range of information making it easy to see where the council spends taxpayer's money.

Use the drop down menu to find the type of information you need and click search to return the results

Local authority land

Under new regulations to promote openness and transparency, local authorities have to publish details of all their land and building assets.

The following information is now available in one report:

  • Unique Property Reference Number
  • Unique Asset Identity
  • Address of building/land or both
  • Map Reference (easting/northing)
  • Property Tenure Type
  • Tenure details
  • Holding type

Local Authority Land (CSV - 19.2 KB)

Asset Management Plan 2019-20 (PDF - 573.7 KB)

Ten Year Maintenance Plan 2020-21 (PDF - 256.5 KB)

Asset Register Investment 2020 (PDF - 252.0 KB)

Asset Register Non-Operational 2020 (PDF - 332.4 KB)

Asset Register Operational 2020 (PDF - 287.6 KB)

All information shown is correct at time of producing the report.

Social housing asset value

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council does not own any social Housing assets.

Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

You can search our financial data for a range of information making it easy to see where the council spends taxpayer's money.

Use the drop down menu to find the type of information you need and click search to return the results

Organisation chart

Under new regulations to promote openness and transparency, local authorities have to publish an organisational chart showing the top three levels of the organisation.

The following information is now available in one report:

  • Job title
  • Department
  • Contact details
  • Grade
  • Contract type
  • Salary
  • Maximum salary

Organisation chart (PDF - 21.7 KB)

Trade union facility time

2018/19 information

AreaInformation
Total number of staff who are union representatives
absolute number and full time equivalent including general, learning and health and safety representatives
Two (2)
Total number of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties
absolute number and full time equivalent
Zero (0)
Names of all trade unions represented in the local authority UNISON
A basic estimate of spending on unions
calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary
£1,289.01
A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill
calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill
0.01%

2017/18 information

AreaInformation
Total number of staff who are union representatives
absolute number and full time equivalent including general, learning and health and safety representatives
Five (5)
Total number of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties
absolute number and full time equivalent
Zero (0)
Names of all trade unions represented in the local authority UNISON
A basic estimate of spending on unions
calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary
Estimated total FTE days per year = 42 x £114.24 (daily rate) = £4,798
A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill
calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill
42 Days x Average salary Unison reps £114.24 (daily rate) / total gross pay bill £8,078,005 = 0.059% of total pay bill

2016/17 information

AreaInformation
Total number of staff who are union representatives
absolute number and full time equivalent including general, learning and health and safety representatives
Five (5)
Total number of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties
absolute number and full time equivalent
Zero (0)
Names of all trade unions represented in the local authority UNISON
A basic estimate of spending on unions
calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary
Estimated total FTE days per year = 42 x £114.24 (daily rate) = £4,798
A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill
calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill
42 Days x Average salary Unison reps £114.24 (daily rate) / total gross pay bill £8,078,005 = 0.059% of total pay bill
Parking spaces and account

2019/20 Information

Spaces

  • On Street - Residents Park: 2,596
  • On-Street - Miscellaneous: 467
  • Off Street - Chargeable: 3,942
  • Off Street free for disabled badge holders: 134

Accounts

 Expenditure
Employee costs £1,000,533.61
Transport costs £13,448.14
Supplies and services £478,270.31
Central support service allocation £382.180.00
Capital charges £1,174,553.61
Premises costs £1,762,926.47
TOTAL £4,809,912.14
 Income
On street £403,341.01
Off street £5,139,804.58
Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) £1,228,892.53
Total £6,772,038.12
 Surplus
Total £1,962,125.98
Off Street surplus goes into the overall Council budget£1,914,018.38
On Street surplus is 0.00£48,108.60
Senior staff salaries

Senior staff are defined as including both statutory and non-statutory chief officers and their deputies.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has interpreted this as meaning the following roles:

  • Chief Executive (Head of the Paid Service)
  • Director of Shared MKS
  • Director of Change and Communities and
  • Director of Finance and Corporate Services
  • Ten Heads of Service

The Head of Legal Services and the Deputy Monitoring Officer are Partnership employees employed by Swale Borough Council and therefore information regarding their pay is published by Swale Borough Council.

(PDF - )

Constitution

The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The Council adopted a new, revised Constitution in December 2013 which incorporates recent legislative changes, changes to the Councils Committee structure and the reallocation of management responsibilities.

Index of the Council Constitution

Part 1 - Summary & Explanation

Summary and Explanation

Part 2 - Articles of the Council Constitution

Articles 1-10 (basic rules governing the Council's business)

Part 3 - Responsibility For Functions and Scheme

Responsibility for Functions and Scheme of Delegations

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

  • Council Procedure Rules
  • Cabinet Procedure Rules
  • Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules
  • Planning Committee Procedure Rules
  • Financial Procedure Rules
  • Standing Orders on Procurement and Contracts
  • Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
  • Officer Employment Procedure Rules
  • Access to Information Procedure Rules

Part 5 - Codes & Protocols

Codes and Protocols

  • Members' Code of Conduct
  • Code of Conduct for Employees
  • Protocol on Member/Officer Relations
  • Local Member Consultative Charter
  • Confidential Reporting Code (Whistleblowing)
  • Local Code of Corporate Governance Arrangements
  • Proper Officers and Designated Officers
  • Terms of Indemnity for Members and Officers
  • Protocol for Members taking part in the Planning Process
  • Protocol for Members Dealing with Licencing Matters
  • Acquisition and Disposal of Property Guidance
  • General Member Protocol

Part 6 - Members' Allowances & Expenses Scheme

Members' Allowances and Expenses Scheme

  • Role Descriptions and Competencies for a Councillor

Pay multiple

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has calculated the mean and median salaries of its staff, and the ratios between those and the highest paid member of staff as follows:

  • Mean Salary 2020/21 = £33,091
  • Median Salary 2020/21 = £29,260
  • Chief Executive as a ratio to Mean Salary = 3.97
  • Chief Executive as a ratio to Median Salary = 4.49
  • Chief Executive as a ratio to Grade B 100% Salary = 7.31

This Council believes that, as a general principle, the Chief Executive’s salary should be no more than ten times that of the lowest paid member of staff.

Pay Policy Statement (PDF - 117.3 KB)

Fraud

2019/20 Counter Fraud

AreaInformationNotes
Number of occasions they use powers under The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to require information (England) Regulations 2014 or similar Powers) 0

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council does not own housing stock. However, the Housing team will investigate possible fraud regarding housing applications.

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 1.5 Staff investigate cases that involve Council Tax and Non-domestic rates.  Staff are now joint working with the DWP and are investigating Housing benefit where there is also Council Tax support in payment.
Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 1.5  
Total amount spent by the authority on the investigations and prosecution of fraud £16,037.38 Total cost of team is £192,620.07. However, Kent County Council funding is £135,343.89 and the three councils share the remaining cost. The actual cost to Tunbridge Wells was £16,037.38.
Total number of fraud cases investigated 8 This figure only represents cases where Council tax or Housing benefit has been looked at. The team look at a large number of other cases where Single Person Discount is investigated, as well as other data sets being matched and then Council tax/Business Rates/or other Exemptions/Discounts are reviewed. We also joint work with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support cases where there is an allegation of fraud.

2018/19 Counter Fraud

AreaInformationNotes
Number of occasions they use powers under The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to require information (England) Regulations 2014 or similar Powers) 0 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council does not own housing stock.
However, the Housing team will investigate possible fraud regarding housing applications.
Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 1.5 Staff are investigating cases that involve Council Tax and Non Domestic Rates. We have not pursued any prosecutions
Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 1.5  
Total amount spent by the authority on the investigations and prosecution of fraud £19,687 Total cost of team is £226,010 however Kent County Council funding is £155,700 and the three councils share the remaining cost. The actual cost to Tunbridge Wells was £19,687.
Total number of fraud cases investigated 10
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