The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) presented a report which outlined the review of the Licensing Fees and Charges for 2020/21 and the draft budget for the service area. He drew Members’ attention to an updated version of Appendix 1, to the report, which had been circulated prior to the meeting. The update had been provided, following a request from the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, to include the percentage increase/decrease from the previous year’s Fees and Charges.
The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) outlined the annual review of licensing fees and charges and explained that a significant proportion of licences issued by the Council were based on cost recovery, however, some licence fee costs had not been fully recovered for a number of years. He explained that a further review of the cost base would be undertaken with the aim of achieving the position where the income and expenditure, of locally set fees, were equal. The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) went on to inform Members that there had been a programme of ongoing review of internal recharges and other costs and that this, with the improvements which would be brought to the service through the implementation of Customer Connect, was deemed to be the most viable to achieve the balance between service income and expenditure.
The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) drew Members’ attention to Appendix 4 to the report which detailed the estimates for the 2020/21 draft budget. He explained that the detailed estimates would change throughout the budget setting process due to: Customer Connect implementation; incremental progression on salary costs and the assumed pay award; inflation on costs; and a review of base expenditure for cost reductions.
The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) responded to questions raised by Members.
RESOLVED – That
(1) the recommended fees for the financial year 2020/21, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, and subject to approval by Council as part of the final budget-setting process, be endorsed; and
(2) the following be noted:-
(a) the nationally-set fees for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 2 to the report; and
(b) the latest draft budget estimates including the fees and charges for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, prior to submission to Council for approval as part of the final budget report.