Some of Powys Council's "champions" have received no expectations of their role, a member has claimed.

Councillors on the body's democratic services committee debated the roles, commissioning a review of how they are appointed, amid claims of confusion over what is expected of them.

Commitee chairman Cllr Elwyn Vaughan (Plaid Cymru – Glantwymyn) said: “Although I’m supposed to be a member champion, I have not received any description any expectations or anything at all.”

The authority's democratic services manager Wyn Richards said a precedent had been set by asking councillors who sit on outside bodies to provide a report on their role, and queried whether the champios need to do the same.

But Llangattock's Liberal Democrat Cllr Jackie Charlton said: "I never understood how they were appointed and that has not been answered.

“I understand it’s in the leaders gift to appoint these champions, but it does not give me much confidence in knowing, understanding and seeing what member champions do as they have an extremely important role to play.

“I think there’s more work to do.”

According to a report: “Member Champions exist to provide a voice for traditionally under-represented groups, or issues which need to be kept at the forefront of council business although they may not be the responsibility of any individual or committee.”

Champions are councillor who as well as their other responsibilities make sure that the issue or group that they are championing are taken into account when policy is being developed and decisions are made.

The committee decided that a further in-depth report will come back to the committee before the end of 2020 so they can make recommendations to full council.

PCC has 10 champions:

Older People – Cllr Kath Roberts-Jones

Dementia – Cllr Elwyn Vaughan

Children’s – Cllr Rachel Powell (cabinet member)

Welsh Language – Cllr Myfanwy Alexander (cabinet member)

Diversity – Cllr Matthew Dorrance

Armed Forces – Cllr Rosemarie Harris (council leader/cabinet member)

Anti Poverty – Cllr Joy Jones

Disability – Cllr Ange Williams

Anti-Slavery – Cllr Aled Davies (cabinet member).