Lancashire County Councils appoints a Champion to support Town and Parish Councils. The role of the champion is to assist the Leader and appropriate Cabinet Members by advising on ways to sustain and improve effective working relationships between the Council and Parish and Town Councils in Lancashire.
Champions are allocated a sum of £10,000 per annum for use at their discretion to finance their activities including:
- Organising and attending meetings, seminars and conferences and other similar events;
- The payment of a grant or loan to individuals and outside bodies and organisations within the scope of their remit; and
- Other incidental costs necessary to enable them to fulfil their roles.
Any unspent balance up to a maximum of £2,500 can be carried over from one financial year to the next giving a maximum budget of £12,500.
The approval of expenditure to be incurred by a Champion has been delegated by the Leader of the Council to the Director of Governance, Finance and Public Services
Each Champion is required to prepare in June each year an annual report to the Cabinet on their activities in the preceding financial year.
Special Responsibility Allowance and Travel/Subsistence
Champions receive a Special Responsibility Allowance under the Council’s Members’ Allowances Scheme and should reclaim the cost of any necessary travel and subsistence under and in accordance with the Scheme.