Report by the Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 6th February 2023 (to follow), and
(a) Minute Extract of Strategy and Resources on 6th February 2023 (to follow).
The Committee considered a report by the Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive (circulated previously) regarding the review of Charges and Fees for 2023/24 together with Minute Extract of Strategy and Resources on 6th February 2023.
The Finance Manager highlighted the following:
Ø Up to 2 items £23.00 (27.78% increase).
Ø Up to 3 items £31.00 (19.23% increase).
Ø Up to 4 items £38.00 (15.15% increase).
· The above increases bring North Devon Council prices in line with
neighbouring authorities and allowed for the recommended 5%
increase for 2023-24 as detailed at Appendix I.
· Full Council approved at its November 2022 meeting to increase the
Garden Waste charge for 2023-24 to £55 per bin. A revised costing of
providing the service, taking into account current year and estimated
inflation for 2023-24 was indicating that the service cost was now in the
region of around £56-£58 per bin for those customers that subscribe.
This level of charge was similar to the charges made by other Devon
councils as detailed in Appendix J.
· Dog Waste – A strategic decision had been made to keep the Dog waste
charges the same as 2023-23 pending a review of the pricing structures
moving forwards as detailed at Appendix L.
· The net revenue changes
from the above charges were estimated to produce £183,000 of
additional income, which had been included within the draft 2023/24
In response regarding the increase in Building Control fees. The Accountancy Services Manager advised that this was to cover the recruitment costs associated with the vacant Building Control posts, whereby the Council had offered a 10% market supplement as part of the employment package in order to attract applications to the various posts within the service.
The Committee thanked the Finance Manager and the team for not increasing the Pannier Market trader fees and the dog waste charges.
RESOLVED, that the decisions and recommendations of the Strategy and Resources Committee be endorsed.