Agenda Item No. 9(e)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 29 APRIL 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 23 MARCH 2015
C2714 PUBLIC PROTECTION – PROPOSED FEES AND CHARGES 2015/16 (HBMCS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) –
Approval was sought for increases in fees and charges in respect of those functions managed by Public Protection.
It was proposed that the fees set by the Local Authority for Public Protection Services be increased in line with budgetary inflation increases of 2%. The charges were set out in Appendix 1 attached to the report.
The charges for the Council's Pest Control service needed to cover the cost of the service and had to be competitive within the market to ensure the service was used and that income was achieved. Pest Control fees had been increased to reflect these conflicting demands, and were set out in Appendix 2 attached to the report.
Trading Standards charges under the Weights and Measures Act 1985 were set regionally and had been increased by 1.2% in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in September 2014. The fees were set out in Appendix 3 attached to the report.
The Council issued Ship Sanitation Certificates upon request. There was a standard charging policy across the UK for the cost of these certificates, agreed by the Association of Port Health Authorities (APHA). From 1 January, 2008, APHA recommended that UK local/port health authorities adopted the charges agreed by the APHA Executive Board. The Board had recommended the adoption of new fees from 1 April, 2015, as detailed in Appendix 4 attached to the report, which represented a 1.5% increase on 2014 charges.
The fee for the Council's Renewal Area Agency service would increase from 12% to 15% to reflect the increase in costs of delivering the service provided.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(2) T H A T the use of article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution (urgent decision procedure) be authorised to enable the increases in fees and charges to be implemented from 1 April, 2015.
Reasons for decisions
(2) In order to implement charges in a timely manner.