Clear to Charge explores the new power of local authorities to charge for discretionary services, introduced in the Local Government Act 2003 and now in force. This power extends councils' capacity to expand and improve their services and creates new openings for innovation and partnership working. As well as allowing local authorities to recover the costs of providing certain services, the charging power opens up a range of new possibilities using the power of well-being - another advance for local government from recent legislation.
Hilary Kitchin, LGIU policy officer and author of Clear to Charge, said: 'Clear to Charge is a concise guide for councillors and officers about the scope of the new powers that councils now have.
'Charging is one of the mechanisms through which local authorities can advance of the well-being of their communities and it could be a valuable tool for local innovation. With the very limited powers that councils have to make a difference, we encourage all authorities to make the best use of those powers that are available.'
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