Agenda item

Fees & Charges 2022-23

[Report of the Director of Finance.  To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation]


The Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation introduced the report which set out the Fees & Charges (F&Cs) that are proposed to be applied to services from the start of 2022/23.  The report also sought approval to increase the fee or charge rate to those services where an increase is proposed in line with inflation, and Member’s agreement where an alternative approach is being proposed.


The Cabinet Member and Officers responded to questions from Councillor Cawley-Harrison:

-           New River Leisure was included in the report this year due to the decision taken by Cabinet this year.

-           There would be no charges to the public for the use of tennis courts in the coming years.

-           This report only dealt with fees and charges increases for the forthcoming year.


Following consideration of exempt information,


RESOLVED that the Cabinet


1.         Agree the proposed non-statutory fees and charges to be levied by the Council with effect from 1 April 2022, unless otherwise stated, and as detailed in Section 8 and Appendices I – XIII taking into account the findings of equalities assessments as set out in section 10 of the report.


2.         Note the statutory fees and charges to be levied by the Council with effect from 1 April 2022.


3.         Authorise Officers to proceed to statutory notification or consultation on implementation of proposed changes to parking charges


4.         Note that the Council’s draft 2022/23 Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2022/23-2026/27 assumes that the changes to Fees & Charges set out in this report are agreed.


Reasons for Decision

It is a requirement to review fees and charges as a minimum annually. The financial position of the Council supports the view that levels of fees and charges should be maximised where possible, taking into account all relevant factors including the effect on service users and any consequent demand for services.


Alternative options considered

This report summarises the conclusions after consideration of a range of alternative approaches dependent on particular services and relevant factors. As such a range of alternative options ranging from no increase to differentiated rates of increases or decreases have been considered and reflected in this report

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