The Director of Resources submitted a report seeking member approval on proposals to increase this committee’s fees and charges with effect from 1 April 2022.
These proposals were the first stage in the review of this committee’s budget for the forthcoming 2022/23 financial year.
The council’s latest budget forecast allows for a 3% inflationary increase in the level of income raised from fees and charges and the review aims to increase budgeted income for 2022/23 by this amount as a minimum.
After applying this percentage increase, proposed charges had generally been rounded up or down to minimise any problems with small change. This inevitably impacts on the individual percentage rise for each separate charge, particularly when the current charge is low.
Following discussions between financialservices, heads of service and budget holders a proposed set of fees and charges for implementation from 1 April 2022 had been produced for this committee for members to consider.
The Director of Resources reported that when considering the fees and charges the Head of Legal and Democratic Services had recommended the introduction of new fees to cover extensive administrative processes, complex legal agreements and a charge for providing a proof of life service. It was also proposed to increase charges for S106 agreement review and completion work by 20.6%.
RESOLVED THAT COMMITTEE:
Approve the proposed fees and charges as set out in the report for implementation from 1 April 2022.