PARISH AND TOWN COUNCIL NEWS
The County Associations in the South West have produced a small booklet giving guidance to councils considering applying for this new badge of good practice. The book has now been published nationally and is seen as a very useful tool for all councils who wish to become more active in their communities.
Copies of the new, revised guide are being circulated to all parish and town councils in Cornwall and extra copies are available from the County Association for a small charge (to cover postage and packing).
PARISH COUNCIL REMUNERATION ALLOWANCES
From January 1st, 2004, parish and town councillors may pay two types of allowances to its members
1. Basic Remuneration Allowance - a small sum in recognition of the personal cost of being a councillor i.e. telephone calls, stationery etc.
2. Travel and Subsistence Allowance - This allowance is payable for travel both inside and outside the parish on approved council business.
Both allowances are only available after the council has received the recommendations of the County's independent panel and must be by resolution of the council. Amounts paid to each member will be published annually.
The Government recognises that the voluntary role of the parish councillor does incur personal expense and it is hoped that by giving councils the limited powers to meet some of these costs, members of the public will be encouraged to consider standing for election.