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The Local Authorities (England) (Charges for Property Searches) Regulations 2008

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Transparency in relation to setting of charges

9.—(1) During each financial year, a local authority must publish a statement setting out—

(a)the estimates the local authority has made under regulation 6(2) (estimates of total costs and estimates of numbers of requests) in respect of the unit charge for the following financial year;

(b)the basis for those estimates; and

(c)the amount of the unit charge it proposes for the following financial year.

(2) In respect of every financial year, beginning with that which ends on 31st March 2010, a local authority must publish by 30th June following the end of that financial year, a summary setting out—

(a)the total costs to the authority in granting access to property records or performing internal transactions;

(b)the number of requests to which these costs relate; and

(c)the total income (or notional income) to the authority from charges and recharges made under regulation 5.

(3) In respect of every financial year, beginning with that which ends on 31st March 2010, a local authority must publish by 30th June following the end of that financial year, a summary setting out the total income to the authority from charges made under regulation 8 (answering enquiries about a property).

(4) The information to be published under this regulation must be approved by the person having responsibility for the administration of the financial affairs of the local authority under —

(a)section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972(1); or

(b)in the case of the Common Council of the City of London, section 6 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989(2).

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1972. c. 70. Section 151 applies to the Council of the Isles of Scilly by virtue of section 265 of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Isles of Scilly Order 1978 (S.I. 1978/1844).

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