To consider a report detailing proposed terms and conditions for funds 2019/2020 and the proposed delegation arrangements for 2019/2020.
The Director of Neighbourhoods presented a report which advised Members that at its first meeting on 11th June 2019, the Township Committee had considered a report reviewing its Township Funds for 2018/19, agreed terms and conditions for funds in 2019/20, and considered its delegation arrangements for 2019/20.
The Committee had authorised the delegation to the Townships and Communities Manager, in consultation with the Chair, Vice Chair and Opposition Spokesperson of Rochdale North Township Action and Resources Delegated Sub Committee. The Committee also resolved to reduce the limit of delegation from £5,000 as per the recommendation in the report to the Committee, to a limit of £3,000.
The Townships and Communities Manager reported that in agreeing a limit of £3,000 for delegated decisions, the Committee may be open to challenge if it was found that Rochdale North Township had, without justification, departed from the consistency of decision making which may be deemed as lacking in fairness. It was noted that all of the Borough’s other four Townships had agreed to delegate decisions up to £5,000.
The Committee has delegated authority to determine whether or not to approve the allocation of funds to funding streams and adopt terms and conditions associated therewith.
The Committee, in the light of legal advice received, rejected the recommendation to increase the limit of delegation from £3,000 to £5,000, which would have put it the delegated funding limit at the same level as the Borough’s other four Township Committees.
(N.B. in accordance with Council Procedure Rules, Councillor Holly requested that his vote against the Committee’s resolution in this regard be noted).
Reasons for the decision:
The management of the Township Funds is a function that is delegated from the Township Committee to the respective Township Devolved Sub-Committee. The Township Funds are allocated to projects that benefit the Borough’s communities and environment, and which realise the Township priorities.
Eligible for Call-in: Yes.