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Local Government: Fees and Charges
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Audit Commission has provided guidance to local authorities on charging for municipal leisure services. [324508]

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This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the Chief Executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Gareth Davies, dated 29 March 2010:

The Audit Commission's national report Positively Charged, published in January 2008, makes recommendations designed to help councils make better use of their charging powers and discusses how councils can improve their approach, and communicate better with councillors and the general public about the purposes of charging. This report provides general guidance on how to go about making charging decisions rather than any specific advice, though the examples used in the report include some from leisure services.

The Commission has also published "Better Information, Better Decisions, Better Services" - a series of guides to the information required for specific decisions. One of the guides covers the information councils need to make decisions on charging for sports services. Both the report and the decision guide are available on the Commission's website and the links are below.

Positively Charged national studies report:

http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nationalstudies/localgov/Pages/positivelycharged.aspx

Better information, Better decisions, Better services guide:

http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/AuditCommissionReports/Nationalstudies/DecisionGuideSports.pdf

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.