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Transparency

Transparency

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are required to publish some information under a publication scheme.

We publish information in line with the Local Government Transparency Code issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government in February 2015.

We publish a schedule of publications including dates for Board papers, financial reports and contracts.  Printed copies of any of the publications listed within this scheme can be obtained by contacting us.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information act 2000 provides a right to request access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities like Transport for the North.  Prior to April 2018 all freedom of information requests we received were handled by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Submitting a "Freedom of Information" request

You can submit a freedom of information request by emailing info@transportforthenorth.com

Alternatively, you can send your request through post to:

FOI Request
Transport for the North
4 Piccadilly Place
Manchester
M1 3BN

Please give us as much detail as possible in your request. We will make a response within 20 working days (not including weekends and bank holidays).

*Please note that under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act you may request information that we already hold. We are not required to create new information in response to a request.

Who we are

Find out more about our Leadership team and Board members. Information on the remuneration of senior staff, including expenses, is published. We also publish job titles and responsibilities of senior staff.

What we spend

Our business plan has a summary of revenue budget estimates and capital expenditure plans. Our first annual statement of accounts will be available in July 2019. Prior to this, accounts relating to our organisation can be found spread between Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Sheffield City Region, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester’s annual report’s and statement of accounts.

Every quarter we are obliged to publish a report of our expenditure. Here is our Financial Disclosure Report showing all expenditure over £500, and quarterly reports detailing all expenditure transacted through Procurement Cards below.

 

Procurement Expenditure

Quarter 1

Q1

What our priorities are and how we are doing

We regularly update our website with information regarding our priorities and progress updates against reports and plans.

How we make decisions

Find out about us and how the organisation is run including key governance information on meetings and committees.

We publish our business plan, Constitution and organisation chart, which is available on request.

Our policies and procedures

You can find out about all our HR policies and procedures that we have in place for delivering our functions and responsibilities. You can also read our access to information policy and how much time we spend on trade union facilitation.

Our Operations Board, led by the Chief Executive, are committed to ensuring we maintain high standards of health and safety. The Chief Executive’s Health and Safety Policy Statement can be found here.

Lists and registers

We do not hold any registers which are open to public inspection.  We do however have a register of gifts and hospitality which is available on request.

The services we offer

We publish all reports and media releases as they become available. You can also read material on all our programmes.

Our Operations Board, led by the Chief Executive, are committed to ensuring we maintain high standards of health and safety. Click here for the Chief Executive’s Health and Safety Policy Statement.

Consultations

We are committed to running open and transparent consultations but we are not hosting any at this time, we keep our website up to date and details of consultations can be found here.

Insurance

In line with the requirements of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 and our approach to transparency please find copies of our: Certificate of Compliance for Employers Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance

Declaration of Interest | DOI

Members of Transport for the North are required to declare their personal and pecuniary interests, and any interests that might be seen as prejudicing their decision-making. This includes people who have been co-opted onto Our Board and Committee members.

In addition to registering interests, Transport for the North Members are required to declare them at Board and Committee meetings that they attend as members, where they relate to an item of business for that meeting.

Where the interest declared is a personal one it is noted and the Member can take part in the meeting. Where the interest declared is a pecuniary or prejudicial one they must leave the meeting while that item of business is dealt with, so there can be no suggestion they were able to influence any decisions made in the meeting.

Any interests declared at the meeting are recorded in the minutes of the meeting and can also be found on Our Board page.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North

This document sets out the heads of terms between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North, covering our vision, function, responsibilities, role and governance.