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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P.J. Bevan, W. David, M. Davies, and D.W.R. Preece (Chair).






There were no declarations of interest received at the commencement or during the course of the meeting.




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The Licensing Manager presented the report, which recommended increases to licensing/registration/permit fees under the Gambling Act 2005 for the next financial year, outlined fees centrally set under the Licensing Act 2003, and sought the views of Members prior to presentation to Council.  The report also sought a referral from the Committee to ask Council to note that in accordance with the existing powers contained in the terms of reference for the Licensing and Gambling Committee, in future years the decisions in respect of fees which are set locally will be made by the Committee without further reference to Council. 


Members were reminded of the Authority’s statutory duty to administer certain licenses, registrations and permits.  The review of fees charged involves consideration of the cost to the Authority in providing the service.  Some fees are set centrally by government, some permits for matters such as street collections are free of charge, and the remaining fees can be determined locally (e.g. the majority of Gambling fees) in order to recover the cost of providing that particular service.


Following a number of High Court cases regarding the setting of licensing fees, the Local Government Association has issued guidance to local authorities (updated November 2015).  The underlying principle in setting fees is that the Council must not use fees to make a profit or which act as an economic deterrent to deter certain business types from operating in an area.  Charges must be reasonable and proportionate to the cost of the processes associated with the licensing regime.


A fee calculator toolkit (devised by the All-Wales Licensing Expert Panel and approved by the Directors of Public Protection in Wales) is used by Caerphilly Council to determine such fees.  There has been little change in respect of licence numbers / types throughout 2017/18, and given the streamlining of licensing processes, a review of Gambling Fees has indicated that the current fees do not require amending for 2018/2019.  The proposed fees for premises licenses under the Gambling Act 2005 therefore remained unchanged from the 2017/18 level and were set out in Appendix 1 to the report.  Members were asked to note however that there will be a significant amount of policy related work ahead in respect of preparing for the formulation of the Authority’s revised Gambling Policy in January 2019 which is likely to impact upon 2019/2020 fee levels. 


Members were asked to note the fees for the majority of gambling permits and associated charges as set out in Appendix 2 of the report).  The majority of these are set centrally by Government, with the only exception being the fee for Temporary Use Notices, and the report recommended that this fee remains at the existing level. 


The Committee were also referred to Appendix 3 of the report outlining the fees charged in connection with the Licensing Act 2003, which are set by the Government and have remained static since 2005.  The Government has indicated that potentially centrally-set fees may be moved to locally-set fees and is currently  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.