Agenda Item No. 9(b)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 29 APRIL 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 23 MARCH 2015
C2708 VISIBLE SERVICES – PROPOSED FEES AND CHARGES FOR 2015/2016 (VLS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
Approval was sought to increase service charges for functions managed by Visible Services for the financial year 2015 / 2016.
The Council delivered a number of chargeable services through the Directorate of Visible Services and Housing. These charges were set on an annual basis.
The total savings required in Visible Services for 2015 / 2016 were circa £2m. In addition to this there was a budget saving of £340k from previous years to increase the roll out of car park charging. This would be the subject of a future Cabinet report. The department had a wide range of income sources that fed into its operational budgets and these included Welsh Government grants, income from external works, civil parking enforcement fines, lease income and a number of fees that were levied to the public and the commercial sector. The projected total income for the department for 2015 / 2016 was £6.54m with approximately £910k of this income coming from the fees and charges detailed within the report.
As part of the reshaping services programme, 'income generation' had been identified as a core work stream of the Council. Each service area's income (from grants and customer receipts) had been subject to initial analysis and further work during 2015 / 2016 would identify where opportunities existed for income to be increased without a commensurate 'drop off' in service use. It was proposed that this detail would be the subject of a future report to Cabinet.
The proposed charges for services were set out in the following appendices that were attached to the report:
Appendix 1 Waste Management and Cleansing
Appendix 2 Highways and Engineering
Appendix 3 Parks and Grounds Maintenance
Appendix 4 Porthkerry Cemetery
At the meeting the Cabinet Members for Adult Services, Visible and Leisure Services, and Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety left the room and took no part in any discussions that took place.
The Leader noted the following changes in relation to Appendix 3 as attached to the report: The section titled 'Youth (U18/U17/U16/U15/U14/U13)' should be amended to 'Youth (U18/U17)', The next section titled 'Youth (U12/11 – 9v9)' should be amended to 'Junior (U12/U11 – 9v9)' followed by 'Junior (U16/U15/U14/U13)' and finally the heading 'Youth (U10/U9/U8/U7 – Mini football pitches)' should be changed to 'Junior (U10/U9/U8/U7 – Mini football pitches)'.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the proposed Fees and Charges for Visible Services 2015/16 as set out in the report and at Appendices 1, 2, 3 (as amended), and 4 attached to the report be approved.
(2) T H A T the use of article 13.09 of the Council’s constitution (urgent decision procedure) be authorised to enable the Council to approve the charges in a timely manner.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To demonstrate Cabinet's approval of the charge increases proposed for 2015 / 2016.
(2) In order to implement charges in a timely manner.