TISonline Charging

This TISonline information stream provides an overview of current charging policy and practice within local government in the UK, explaining how charging policies are used across a wide range of services. It illustrates the potential for using charges to raise income and achieve objectives.

Charging for services has increasingly figured in the debate on local government finance, and is a financial option where local authorities enjoy a high level of discretion. In addition to the scope for generating income in a time of reduced budgets, charging can be used as a strategic tool to direct resources and services to those most in need.

TISonline Charging includes detailed coverage of the main local government service areas. For each service area it provides guidance on the relevant legislation and government policy, looks at charging practice, and explains the scope for further use of charges.

Coverage includes:

  • legal framework for charging
  • charging policy including exemptions and concessions
  • housing rents
  • residential and community care
  • infrastructure charges, community infrastructure levy and BIDs
  • education
  • library services
  • museums
  • waste collection and disposal
  • sports and leisure
  • fire and rescue and police services.

About TISonline

This information stream forms part of TISonline, CIPFA’s online information resource for public sector finance practitioners. Our information streams cover the full range of financial and service functions of local authorities and other public service bodies, giving you a single point of access for essential, authoritative and comprehensive information and commentary on the topics that matter to you.

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