Sunderland City Council publishes the details of all payments we make which are over £500 (including VAT), showing who we paid, how much we paid, and what this was for.

This includes:

  • All items we purchase
  • Payments we make to contractors carrying out work on our behalf
  • Other spend we incur in carrying out our business

Certain payments in relation to the above are excluded: 

  • Payments made to staff
  • Housing benefit payments
  • Sensitive social care information which could put vulnerable individuals at risk
  • Personal information, such as the names of individuals receiving payments
  • Confidential information, such as a council tax or a business rate refund

This information is included in a report showing all invoice payments over £500 that the council has paid during the relevant period. The reports show a number of columns of data which are explained in the table below:

Columns of data which are explained
ColumnField NameExplanation
ALocal AuthorityName of council making the payment
BDirectorateThe directorate responsible for spending the money    
CService AreaThe service area responsible for spending the money (Service Reporting Code of Practice)
DService DivisionThe service division responsible for spending the money (Service Reporting Code of Practice)
EExpense TypeGeneral heading that describes the type of expenditure    
GSupplier NameThe name of the recipient of the payment
HTransaction NumberThe unique number to identify the transaction within the council's financial management system
IPayment DateThe date on which the payment was made
JExpense CategoryDistinction between revenue and capital expenditure
KAmountNet amount paid to the supplier (that is, excluding recoverable vat)

The report may raise questions, if you want to know more about any of the payments please e-mail Invoices500@sunderland.gov.uk quoting the transaction number, the supplier and the amount you are querying. We aim to provide a response within fifteen working days.

Format of the data

We are publishing the data in two formats. The PDF format is the easiest format to read the data in, but does not allow the data to be analysed or sorted. If you wish to do this then you should use the CSV format. This allows you to put the data into a spreadsheet. However, the CSV format uses a standard column width and not all entries will be completely visible. To view all of the data, you will need to expand the columns. You can do this by selecting all of the cells in the file (click on the grey box beside column A and above row 1), and then clicking on Format - Column - AutoFitSelection.

License for the re-use of Public Sector Information

The data is freely reusable and Sunderland City Council grants you a non exclusive licence to use, copy and adapt the licensed content under the Terms of the Open Government License for Public Sector Information.

Unless permission has been granted no content may be copied, reproduced, modified or used for any commercial purpose. Permissions for commercial use may be requested by contacting: Information Governance Team, Sunderland City Council, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN or freedom.information@sunderland.gov.uk. A charge may be payable.

The following statement must be placed next to the licensed content when reproducing information under the Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information:

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