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Meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee held on 08/01/2007
DRAFT REVENUE ESTIMATES 2007/2008



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to seek this Committee’s agreement for its draft Revenue Estimates and schedule of Fees and Charges for 2007/2008 as part of the Budget process.

APPENDIX A

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

LICENSING AND REGULATORY COMMITTEE – 8TH JANUARY 2007


Title:
DRAFT REVENUE ESTIMATES 2007/2008

[Wards Affected: N/A]

Summary and Purpose

The purpose of this report is to seek this Committee’s agreement for its draft Revenue Estimates and schedule of Fees and Charges for 2007/2008 as part of the Budget process.


Environmental implications:

There are no direct environmental implications as a result of the recommendation of this report. However, the Licensing service does have significant environmental benefits.

Social / Community implications:

There are no direct social/community implications as a result of the recommendation of this report. However, the Licensing service does have very significant social/community benefits.

E-Government implications:

This report has no E-Government implications.

Resource and Legal implications:

There are no direct legal implications as a result of the recommendation of this report. Resource implications are contained throughout the report.

Introduction

1. The draft 2007/2008 General Fund Revenue Estimates were presented to the Executive on 5th December 2006. 2. The Budget position is that, after taking account of all known service variations, the provisional Revenue Support Grant Settlement, and the Executive’s preference for a council tax increase in line with inflation there is a shortfall in the region of 300,000. The Management Team has suggested measures that could be taken to eliminate this shortfall.



2007/2008 Draft Revenue Estimates

3. A copy of the draft Revenue Estimates for 2007/2008 for the Licensing Committee is attached at Annexe 1.

Potential Reductions

4. Following the Executive of the 5th December, the Management Team commenced the process of examining the draft Budget for further possible reductions. The Budget Monitoring process to the end of November has also identified several ongoing savings and these are included in the list of potential reductions as shown at Annexe 2. This annexe includes an appraisal of the impact of these reductions, which total approximately 273,000. This list includes the removal from the 2007/8 Budget of the additional legal resource to support the Licensing function that was approved last year. This post has never been filled and, as the peak period appears now to have past, it is no longer thought to be required. Analysis of Licensing Budget

5. The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee has expressed concern about the cost of licensing, and requested that it be presented with an analysis of expenditure and income arising from the various Licensing functions. This analysis has been prepared and is included at Annexe1. The additional income of 5,000 identified from the Budget Monitoring process has been included in the figures. The draft estimates include the vacant legal resource charged against Liquor Licensing, but the figures in brackets show the position if the decision is taken to remove this from the Budget. The actual cost of this post to the Council is 25,000, but the recharge to the Licensing Committee is 37,400 as this includes overhead allocations.

6. It should be noted that the overall rate of recovery of Liquor Licensing is considerably higher than the 2007/2008 figure, because in 2005/2006 income was significantly higher and fully covered the cost of the service in that year. At the time of writing the report, annual fees continue to be received for 2006/7.

7. The extremely low rate of recovery for other Licensing functions has been identified previously. This arises from time-consuming processes being involved, together with historically low charges including some very low statutory charges. Some work is undertaken for which no fee is received.

Fees and Charges

8. It is the Council’s practice to review its fees and charges each year with effect from the forthcoming 1st April. The schedule of Fees and Charges for the Licensing and Regulatory Committee as proposed for 2007/2008 is attached at Annexe 3. Members are reminded that in 2005/6 fees for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Licensing were increased slightly above inflation to cover an improved plating system, which has proved to be very successful.

Conclusion

9. The views of this Committee will be reported to the Executive Committee on 6th February 2007 when it will give final consideration to the draft Budget for 2007/2008. The final decisions will be made at Council on 20th February 2007.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Committee:

1. accepts its draft Revenue Estimates for 2007/2008; 2. comments on the proposal to remove the vacant legal post from the establishment; and

3. approves the level of Fees and Charges for 2007/2008 in accordance with the schedule at Annexe 3.


Background Papers (DoF)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.


CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Brian Long Telephone: 01483 523253
E-mail: blong@waverley.gov.uk



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