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To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S M Le Chevalier and S R Nicholas.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.
Where a Member has a new or registered Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPI) in a matter under consideration they must disclose that they have an interest and, unless the Monitoring Officer has agreed in advance that the DPI is a 'Sensitive Interest', explain the nature of that interest at the meeting. The Member must withdraw from the meeting at the commencement of the consideration of any matter in which they have declared a DPI and must not participate in any discussion of, or vote taken on, the matter unless they have been granted a dispensation permitting them to do so. If during the consideration of any item a Member becomes aware that they have a DPI in the matter they should declare the interest immediately and, subject to any dispensations, withdraw from the meeting.
Where a Member is declaring an Other Significant Interest (OSI) they must also disclose the interest and explain the nature of the interest at the meeting. The Member must withdraw from the meeting at the commencement of the consideration of any matter in which they have declared a OSI and must not participate in any discussion of, or vote taken on, the matter unless they have been granted a dispensation to do so or the meeting is one at which members of the public are permitted to speak for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the matter. In the latter case, the Member may only participate on the same basis as a member of the public and cannot participate in any discussion of, or vote taken on, the matter and must withdraw from the meeting in accordance with the Council's procedure rules.
There were no declarations of interest made by Members.
To confirm the attached Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 13 June 2013.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 13 June 2013 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To consider the attached report of the Director of Governance.
Members received the report on Fees and Charges 2013/14. The complete list of fees, even where there were no changes, were listed for transparency and to ensure all fees and charges were properly set.
The Committee was advised that the fees were separated into four categories:
· Licensing Act fees;
· Gambling Act fees;
· Hackney Carriage and Private Hire fees; and
· Miscellaneous fees
The Licensing Act fees were set by Central Government and not by the Council and there had been no changes to the level of these fees since 2005. However, the fees under the Gambling Act were set within guidelines.
RESOLVED: (a) That the Fees and Charges for 2014/15 as set out in Annex 3 be approved.
(b) That, as a general principal, it be agreed that the fees were set at an appropriate inclusive level, irrespective of VAT status, and that the VAT element within the overall fee level then be determined.
(c) That as a general principle, unless the fee is set by statute, licensing fees be set on a cost recovery basis.
(d) That the Head of Regulatory Services be authorised to adopt fees at, or close to government directed levels without the need for further reporting, in cases where the Council is awaiting for Government guidance and it has not been possible to set a fee level at this stage.
(e) That authority to make minor adjustments to the fees and charges be delegated to the Director of Governance in consultation with the Director of Finance, Housing and Community.