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Local Government Act 2003

Section 93: Power to charge for discretionary services

265.This provides power for best value authorities, as defined in the Local Government Act 1999, to charge for discretionary services. Discretionary services are those services that an authority has the power but not a duty to provide. An authority may charge where the person who receives the service has agreed to its provision. The power to charge under this provision does not apply where the power to provide the service in question already benefits from a charging power (93(2)(a)) or is subject to an express prohibition from charging (93(2)(b)).

266.Section 93(3) and (4) place a duty on best value authorities to ensure that, taking one year with another, the income from charges for each kind of discretionary service does not exceed the costs of provision.

267.Section 93(5) provides that, within the framework set by section 93(3) and (4), a best value authority may set the charges as it thinks fit, and may in particular charge only certain people for a service or charge different people different amounts.

268.In carrying out their functions under section 93, best value authorities are required to have regard to any guidance that may be issued (93(6)) by the Secretary of State in relation to England and the National Assembly for Wales in relation to Wales.

269.Section 93(7) provides that certain prohibitions in other legislation preventing authorities from raising money are specifically disapplied in relation to the exercise of the charging power.

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