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Local Government Act 2003

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93Power to charge for discretionary services
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(1)Subject to the following provisions, a best value authority may charge a person for providing a service to him if—

(a)the authority is authorised, but not required, by an enactment to provide the service to him, and

(b)he has agreed to its provision.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply if the authority—

(a)has power apart from this section to charge for the provision of the service, or

(b)is expressly prohibited from charging for the provision of the service.

(3)The power under subsection (1) is subject to a duty to secure that, taking one financial year with another, the income from charges under that subsection does not exceed the costs of provision.

(4)The duty under subsection (3) shall apply separately in relation to each kind of service.

(5)Within the framework set by subsections (3) and (4), a best value authority may set charges as it thinks fit and may, in particular—

(a)charge only some persons for providing a service;

(b)charge different persons different amounts for the provision of a service.

(6)In carrying out functions under this section, a best value authority shall have regard to such guidance as the appropriate person may issue.

(7)The following shall be disregarded for the purposes of subsection (2)(b)—

(a)section 111(3) of the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70) (subsidiary powers of local authorities not to include power to raise money),

(b)section 34(2) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c. 29) (corresponding provision for Greater London Authority), and

(c)section 3(2) of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) (well-being powers not to include power to raise money).

(8)In subsection (1), “enactment” includes an enactment comprised in subordinate legislation (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)).

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