07 February 2012

Fees and charges will be under the spotlight at next week’s Northamptonshire County Council cabinet meeting (14th February)

Charges for the council’s archives and heritage, countryside, libraries and registration services are reviewed annually to ensure they both represent value for money and also help meet the ongoing financial challenges being faced by the council.

A cabinet report putting forward a mixture of proposals will be considered by cabinet and if approved, will see some charges increase, some remain at current levels and a number of services that were previously free or subsidised by the authority incur a small fee.

Councillor Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for customer services said: “The proposals take into account a variety of factors including the current economic climate and the pressure on public sector funding.

“Substantial parts of these services will continue to be offered for free, such as free internet use for job seekers on Fridays in our libraries or visiting the record office to access historical records. However to support this, we charge for other services such as research work or photocopying.

”These are some of our most popular services and we want to ensure fees and charges are at the right level so that they continue to be accessible to customers but also that they meet the financial challenges being faced by the council.”

The cabinet paper is available online.