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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Brent Council Fees and Charges

A number of fees and charges were raised in the Brent Council budget on Monday.  This is always a tricky area to predict as a rise in charges can easily result in fewer people using the service.  Indeed this is sometimes the argument for increasing the charge where the activity is seen as requiring containment (e.g. controlling traffic).  The effect on predicted income can be disappointing if the volume of users falls below the figure the officers have guessed at.  A second problem is that activity that can be seen as beneficial (e.g. use of sports facilities) can be negatively affected by a big rise. 

I am not sure that these concerns have really featured in Brent Council's debate on the issue.

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