Parents and carers support framework


Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) has a small allocation of funding targeted at supporting Officers and Candidates to perform their roles without being unduly penalised through costs of care.

To this end, LUSU will cover up to £15 per hour for childcare, and in cases of specialised care where there is a significant cost attached, VP Welfare and Community will agree an amount based on the circumstances.

This funding is aimed at allowing Officers/Candidates to

  • Attend Hustings

  • Attend core democratic aspects of their role

  • Fulfil their core officer responsibilities


Claiming this money is done through LUSU’s payment claim process, but requires giving notice of the requirement and gaining approval.

Prior notice of the requirement to be given to VP Welfare & Community or Union President, and approval received, decisions may be appealed to LUSU’s Chief Executive.

In the event of someone unable to find care, LUSU will arrange the care with the cares approval. (note this will require additional notice)

Providing a payment claim form after the fact, including receipts.

This fund will not cover:

  • Childcare for those aged 14 or over. (In special circumstances those under 16 may be covered)

  • Care for those within school/preschool etc. during their hours.

  • Caring costs for those who have multiple carers and another carer is available who as caring responsibilities for said individual.

  • Activities outside of the aims stated above

  • Ticketed Events – Which will include care costs into their budget any paid for by ticket sales