Issue - decisions

Fees and Charges 2024-25

22/01/2024 - Fees and Charges 2024-25

1.    To note the current levels of budgeted fees and charges and the issues specific to these;

2.    To approve an uplift in the Strawberry Fields service charge of £1 per square foot to better reflect the current costs incurred at the site, as detailed at point 29.

3.    To approve an uplift in the rents of all Council owned housing (including Extra Care but excluding Cotswold House) of 7.7%. This is the approach agreed by Executive Cabinet in July 2022 of increasing these rents by CPI plus 1%, were CPI is based on the rate applicable at September each year. As service charges and utility charges are still broadly in line with the actual costs incurred, there is no proposal to increase these; these were reviewed last year.

4.    To approve an increase in rent at Cotswold House of 3.07%, plus an increase in service charge of 7.52%, but with a reduction in the personal charge of 13.47% as detailed in point 28.

5.    To approve an increase in the core charges for the Lancastrian by 6.7% as per point 33.

6.    To approve the changes to the structure of community centre hire charges as per point 32 and Appendix 4. Report of Meeting Date Director (Finance) (Introduced by Executive Member (Resources)) Executive Cabinet 18th January 2024 Agenda Page 23 Agenda Item 5

7.    To approve an increase of £12.80 per annum for the allotment plots that have water access and a 6.7% increase for the plots with no water access as per point 30.

8.    To approve the changes to the structure of Other Licensing Fees, Housing and Pest Control as per point 34 and Appendix 3.

9.    To approve a general increase of up to 6.7% in the fees for 2024/25, limited to the services listed in Table 3 of Appendix 1. Given that the rate of CPI in September was running at 6.7%, and RPI at 8.9%, the recommended uplift is in line with CPI.

10.To note that fees and charges in respect of Astley Hall will be reviewed during the year as part of the commercial strategy review.

11.To approve a change to the split of cost in relation to Council Tax and Business Rates Court Summons and Liability Orders as per point 35. The overall cost will remain the same.

12.To approve the full list of fees and charges for upload onto the Council website. Recommendations to Council

13.To recommend to Council an increase in garden waste collection charges of £5.00 as per point 31.