The Portfolio Holder for Finance and Enabling presented the Fees and Charges 2022/23 report for Members’ consideration. Cabinet was informed that a lot of information had been provided to explain the rationale for proposed increases to fees and charges, where applicable.
Cabinet was informed that the report had been pre-scrutinised at a recent meeting of the Finance and Budget Working Group. The group had noted that the majority of fees would be increased by 5 per cent, in line with inflation. Members had learned that the Council charged less for allotment services than many other Councils. It would take time to increase these fees to a comparable level.
During consideration of this item, reference was made to the fees that were received for gaming licences and Members queried whether the income from this would be allocated directly to WRS or to the Council. Officers explained that the funding would be allocated to WRS, although it was part of the Council’s contribution to the service’s budget. Members were also asked to note that many of the fees charged for services provided by WRS were set at a statutory level and so could not be changed by the Council.
RECOMMENDED that the proposed fees and charges 2022 – 23 be approved.