Decision Maker: Licensing Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Operational Lead Case Management Services informed Members that Officers had proposed a 2% increase to the majority of locally controlled license fees, in line with the Medium Financial Plan. She highlighted that a significant proportion of licenses issued had been based on cost recovery. She informed Members that due to the pandemic, current data had been used to set the 2021/22 charges and emphasised the impact of both the current pandemic and the potential impact of Brexit.
The Operational Lead Case Management Services stated that officers had committed to a full review of fees and charges before 2022/23 budget setting. She highlighted the future Licensing working group, led by officers with Member oversight that would report back to both Licensing and Licensing Regulatory Committees on a regular basis.
Members raised questions relating to taxi and private hire fees that had not been due to change as a result of the report and requested information relating to the total number of officers that were involved in the licensing process. The Principle Specialist (Health & Environment) informed Members that the consultation process linked to raising or lowering the Taxi and Private Hire License fees was disproportionate to the amount that had been proposed and highlighted the intention to review these fees when the full review is undertaken before 2022/23 budget setting. He stated that the expectation was that a full breakdown of all officers involved in the licensing process throughout the authority would be produced as part of ongoing works over the next 12 months.
RESOLVED – That:-
(1) the recommended fees for the financial year 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 1, and subject to approval by Council as part of the final budget setting process be endorsed;
(2) the Licensing Committee note the nationally-set fees for 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 2; and
(3) the Licensing Committee note and refer the latest draft budget estimates including the fees and charges for 2021/22 in Appendix 4 to Council for approval as part of the final budget report.
Publication date: 20/11/2020
Date of decision: 02/11/2020
Decided at meeting: 02/11/2020 - Licensing Committee