Sex shop cost in­creases

Fees get a price hike

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Staff re­porter

Coun­cil chiefs have slapped an in­crease on sex shops – as the ap­pli­ca­tion fees to op­er­ate them has risen by £20.

The in­crease was agreed af­ter pa­pers went be­fore a South La­nark­shire fi­nance com­mit­tee last Wed­nes­day.

It will now cost £672 to ap­ply for a sex shop li­cence, up from £652.

The coun­cil’s web­site states: “If your busi­ness sells sex ar­ti­cles, toys, books or videos you need a sex shop li­cence.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are 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 af­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2018.

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 for items such as taxi/pri­vate hire plates.

“In ad­di­tion, a num­ber of premises’ ap­pli­ca­tion re­lat­ing to vari­a­tions and tem­po­rary ap­pli­ca­tions have had the per­cent­age of the ap­pli­ca­tion fee re­aligned to re­flect the ac­tual work car­ried out.”

And the re­port con­tin­ues: “Although there is ex­pected to be an in­crease in rev­enue of ap­prox­i­mately £11,615,94 per an­num, this is re­quired to en­sure the costs of the ser­vice are re­cov­ered. It is an­tic­i­pated that a fur­ther in­crease will be re­quired on an an­nual ba­sis to en­sure full cost re­cov­ery.”

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 from £10, while re­place­ment plates will soon rise from £20 to £25.

Knife deal­ers (up from £329 £339) and me­tal deal­ers (£228 £235) will also be af­fected.

A pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment li­cence will rise from £267 to £275. Fairs, late hours cater­ing, in­door sports en­ter­tain­ment, sec­ond-hand deal­ers, wheelie bin clean­ers and mar­ket op­er­a­tors will all see the cost of a fee rise. to to

Coun­cil HQ Changes were an­nounced for some fees

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