Procurement and Tenders


The Transparency Code 2015 specifies what open data local authorities must publish.  The Code applies to any local authority in England, including a parish council which has a gross annual income or expenditure exceeding £200,000.

The Code makes it mandatory to publish details of all expenditure that exceeds £500, at least on a quarterly basis. Councils may publish spending data more frequently than quarterly. While the minimum threshold of £500 is a requirement, there is nothing to stop local authorities publishing all spending if they wish.

The Code requires that local authorities must also publish details of any contract, commissioned activity, purchase order, framework agreement and any other legally enforceable agreement with a value that exceeds £5,000:

For information on contracts, please put a request to


The Code also requires that local authorities must publish details of every invitation to tender for contracts to provide goods and/or services with a value that exceeds £5,000.
For each invitation, the following details must be published:
1. Reference number
2. Title
3. Description of the goods and/or services sought
4. Start, end and review dates
5. Local authority department responsible

Newhaven Town Council publishes details of invitations to tender and contracts as and when necessary as below:


Newhaven Town Council invites tenders for the following:

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