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Data Transparency

Photo of a calculator and accountsHailsham Town Council is committed to being open and transparent in the way it serves the public.

The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 (the code) came into effect on 1 April 2015. The code is issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in exercise of powers under section 2 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980, and replaces any previous codes issued in relation to authorities in England under those powers.

The code does not replace or supersede the existing framework for access to and re-use of public sector information provided by the:

  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 (as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012)
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005
  • Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community regulations 2009
  • Sections 25 and 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 which provides rights for persons to inspect a local authority’s accounting records and supporting documentation, and to make copies of them.

Hailsham Town Council meets the definition of a local authority covered by the requirements of the code, defined as ‘a parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is higher) exceeding £200,000’.

Transparency Quick Links

Hailsham Town Council complies with the requirements of the code by publishing the information on this website. Hard copies are available on request from the Town Council offices.

Strategy Plan, Vision & Objectives

Click here to view the Hailsham Town Council Strategic Plan: 2022-2026.

Freedom of Information Act

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the public has the right to access information held by Hailsham Town Council.

Photo of hand controlling computer mouseThe Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was passed on 30th November 2000.  It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities.  It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

The Act came into force in January 2005 and anyone wishing to exercise the right has to make a written request to Hailsham Town Council.  If such a request is made the Council is under obligation to inform that person whether or not the requested information exists and to supply access to the information, unless it is subject to an exemption.

If you wish to make a request for further information under the FOIA, you must:

  • Make your request in writing or by email
  • Supply your name and address so that we can respond to the relevant request
  • State clearly the information you require in order for us to be able to identify and locate it.

To make a request write to: The Town Clerk, Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE

Alternatively, email the Town Clerk.