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Are your service charges in line with your peers?
Many authorities are hardly scratching the surface in exploring and exploiting the many income generation powers and options available to them. Options some authorities are now finding can not only make a real impact in generating additional funds, but can also bring more autonomy, independence and a reduced reliance on central government support.
One of the key drivers of income generation is the discretionary fees and charges levied by local authorities. To that end, CIPFA is launching a new Fees & Charges Benchmarking exercise. Following on from our successful Income Generation Profiles and Income Generation Management Reports, the new exercise will drill down into the discretionary charges levied for key services and allow local authorities to fully understand what their peers are charging for similar services.
Only by understanding how your charges compare to those of your peers will you be able to develop informed strategies around charging for services.
These are some of the crucial questions that the new exercise will answer.
This service has been specifically designed for anyone in a local authority with responsibility for informing charging policy. Whether you are a chief executive, chief financial officer, responsible for business transformation, or a service manager, Fees & Charges Benchmarking offers you a unique means of:
The Fees & Charges questionnaire is relevant for all local authorities and comprehensively covers the following key services:
The questionnaire also captures information on authority-wide strategies and significant income generation activities and projects, which will provide a rich source of ideas and good practice to be shared and used.
The cost of annual membership is £750 + VAT for county and unitary authorities and £375 + VAT for district councils.
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CIPFA Benchmarking team
T: 020 7543 5600