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Fees and Charges Setting 2024/25

Meeting: 23/11/2023 - Cabinet (Item 80)

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To consider and decide on the recommendations as set out in the associated report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1      That the fees and charges set out in the report and the attached appendices be agreed and that delegated authority be given to the s151 Officer to make any necessary amendments be approved.

 

2      That the timings for the price increases to be implemented on 1 April 2024 or as indicated in the report be agreed.

 

3      That delegated authority be given to the s151 Officer in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, to determine an appropriate mechanism for recovering the full cost of major planning applications be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:Securing revenue in line with the Medium-Term Financial Strategy remains vital to balancing the budget annually in order to support all of the services provided by the Council.

Minutes:

Councillor Chris Hall, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance introduced Jane Fineman, Head of Finance, Procurement and Parking  who presented the report set out in the agenda.

 

-       Following the Autumn Budget Statement on Wednesday 22 November 2023, an update was given to reflect the announcements/changes.

-       The Government announced that local authorities would be allowed to charge fees to cover the cost of major planning applications. 

-       An additional recommendation was therefore proposed to be added to the Fees and Charges report that would allow the s151 Officer, in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, the delegated authority to determine an appropriate mechanism for recovering the full cost of major planning applications. 

 

Discussion and questions from Members included the following:

 

-       The mechanism for recovering planning costs needed further consideration.

-       This work would include how to separate major and minor planning applications and how to allocate the overheads.

-       As soon as further details had been received from Government, work would be undertaken to put some proposals together.

-       The overall increase of 6.3% in fees and charges was considered appropriate and necessary in order for the Council to run its services.

-       One area that needed more focus, was about ensuring that everyone in the Borough had access sport, wellbeing, leisure and other opportunities.

-       The Council had a Go-Card, but this was very poorly used.  The Council needed to look at ways to raise its awareness.

-       The Go-Card was available to all those on benefits and students over 16 years of age in full time education. 

-       Widening sport participation was one of the priorities recommended for the new Corporate Plan.

-       The increases in cremation and burial costs reflected the ongoing inflationary pressures. 

-       The Council was mindful that this was a very difficult time for people and staff had worked hard to introduce options for consideration when planning cremation or burial services which would help to keep costs down yet still retain a wide range of choices.

-       As an alternative for those on low incomes, the Council had added a new option for a direct cremation time, which was between 8:30am and 9:15am. 

-       The additional recommendation was confirmed as:

 

“ That Cabinet agrees that delegated authority be given to the s151 Officer in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, to determine an appropriate mechanism for recovering the full cost of major planning applications.”

 

RESOLVED:

 

1      That the fees and charges set out in the report and the attached appendices be agreed and that delegated authority be given to the s151 Officer to make any necessary amendments be approved.

 

2      That the timings for the price increases to be implemented on 1 April 2024 or as indicated in the report be agreed.

 

3      That delegated authority be given to the s151 Officer in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, to determine an appropriate mechanism for recovering the full cost of major planning applications be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:Securing revenue in line  ...  view the full minutes text for item 80


Meeting: 14/11/2023 - Finance and Governance Cabinet Advisory Board (Item 59)

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To consider and provide a recommendation to Cabinet on the proposals set out in the attached report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Jane Fineman, Head of Finance, Procurement and Parking introduced the report set out in the agenda.

 

The report was taken as read.

 

RESOLVED – That the recommendations to Cabinet set out in the report be supported.