Charges for Richmondshire’s emergency call and welfare service for older and vulnerable people look set to drop.
Councillors are recommending that from April next year the weekly fee for the District Council run Lifeline service will be £6 - that's 25p less than the current rate.
“This is an essential service for some of our most vulnerable residents, acting as a real safety net when they get into difficulty,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“We are acknowledging how essential this service is by approving a reduced charge.”
Last week (October 8) members of Corporate Board also agreed that car park charges should not rise in 2020/21 – but annual permits should increase by £10.
The permits – which allow unlimited parking in any of the council’s car parks – will cost £125 per year from April 1, 2020. Currently around 470 people make use of them.
“Keeping car park fees at the current level will help to boost income for our towns, encouraging people to visit,” added Councillor Dale.
“Car park tariffs provide the majority of our car park income but they were raised last year and we are seeking to keep any rise to our fees and charges at a low level.”
Councillors looked at fees and charges across all its services and agreed to some small rise of around 2 percent which overall, will bring in additional income of £26,000. Those increases include an increase for green waste collections – the first green bin will now be £3 more at £25 a year and additional bins £2 more at £17 annually.
A list of next year’s proposed charges will be considered by Full Council later this month.