Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 enables local councils to spend a limited amount of money for purposes for which they have no other specific statutory expenditure.
The limit of s137 expenditure will be £9.93 per electorate for 2023/2024.
Lyndhurst Parish Council adopted the General Power of Competence at the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2023. Under GPC, the Council has powers to do anything legal which an individual can do, rendering the s137 Power of Last Resort, redundant.
At present Lyndhurst Parish Council do not set a grants budget during their budget setting process, but if an application is received then this will be considered.
Applications can only be submitted by organisations and not individuals.