Li­cence fees on the in­crease

East Kilbride News - - OPEN DAY - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil look set to in­crease the price of var­i­ous li­cences for the first time in three years.

Taxi driv­ers, street traders, metal deal­ers, win­dow clean­ers and tat­tooists will all be hit by the in­crease which is ex­pected to come into ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2018.

A fi­nance com­mit­tee will to­day dis­cuss the pro­posal.

Of­fi­cers say with in­fla­tion in­creas­ing, a price rise is needed.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors states:“As a re­sult of pre­vi­ously low in­fla­tion rate, the fees have not been in­creased since 2015. In­fla­tion is now in­creas­ing and in or­der to en­sure the coun­cil’s costs are recovered, it is nec­es­sary to in­crease the fees at this time.

“The pro­posed re­vised fees rep­re­sent an ap­prox­i­mate in­crease of three per cent in line with in­fla­tion.”

Some fees have been re­aligned to re­flect in­creased costs from sup­pli­ers. Tem­po­rary fees will also rise. Taxi li­censes will in­crease from £377 to £388 while pri­vate hire li­cences will be £381 – up from £370.

The cost of a re­place­ment door sticker will rise to £15 while re­place­ment plates could soon cost £25.

Knife deal­ers and wheelie bin deal­ers will also be af­fected.

A pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment li­cence will rise from £267 to £275.

Fairs, late-hours ca­ter­ing, in­door sports en­ter­tain­ment, sec­ond-hand deal­ers and mar­ket op­er­a­tors will all see the cost of a fee rise.

Even a li­cence for a sex shop will in­crease, from the cur­rent £652 to £672.

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