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Copeland Borough Council - Data Transparency Publication

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We publish details of all spending over £500.

This  includes all individual invoices, grant payments, expense payments or other such transactions that are over £500.  We publish this data on a monthly basis. 

Certain payments, for example to some private individuals, will be redacted under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act.  The Freedom of Information Act exempts certain information, such as personal information, information withheld for security reasons and court records, from publication.

We do not publish:

  • Payments of less than £500
  • Banking Investments
  • Parish precepts
  • Election staff payments
  • Salary advances
  • Refunds of Council Tax and Non Domestic Rates
  • Member allowances
  • Payments relating to employee remuneration
  • Benefits payments

We aim to publish data on the last working day of the  month following the expenditure. 

The data files will be available in two formats:

  • Comma-separated values (CSV) and
  • Portable document format (PDF)

If a report is revised at a later date, the previous version will remain available for viewing in addition to the revised version.


We will deal with any questions or queries as FOI requests. Please email

Please state that your query relates to transparency data and provide the period to which your query relates; supplier name(s); a reference; and if applicable an amount.

We will respond to your request within 20 working days.  We will be as transparent as we can in our response but in some cases we will need to respect information that could be seen as commercially sensitive.

This data is freely re-usable under the same terms as recommend at

Further details on local authority expenditure are available on the website:

Published: 12 June 2012 - 2:38pm