Decision Maker: Chesterfield and District Joint Crematorium Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
The Assistant Director – Commercial Services presented a report recommending for approval a proposed increase in the Crematorium fees and charges for 2018/19.
The report provided a detailed service analysis, which included a benchmarking exercise with other local authorities across Derbyshire. The review identified that Chesterfield Crematorium had the second lowest basic fee of the nine crematoria that were looked at.
The Committee was informed of the financial pressure that the Crematorium is anticipated to face in 2018/19, including a 36 per cent rise in Business Rates and a potential future increase in repair costs to the Cremators.
Councillor Lilley moved that the recommended increase to the Crematorium fees and charges for 2018/19 be revised to the minimum level required to run the service without profit, and ensure the lowest costs to families of the bereaved.
The motion was not seconded.
Councillor Gordon moved that the recommended increase to the Crematorium fees and charges for 2018/19 be revised to 3.7 per cent, this figure being the minimum level required to account for the anticipated cost pressures noted in paragraph 5.1 of the officer’s report.
The motion was seconded by Councillor Lilley and was carried forward to a formal vote of the Committee.
The Committee voted three to two against approving the proposed motion.
1. That the 2018/19 Fees and Charges as set out at Appendix 2 to the officer’s report, be approved.
REASON FOR DECISION –
To secure sufficient funding to maintain high standards of service for the bereaved.
Publication date: 18/12/2017
Date of decision: 18/12/2017
Decided at meeting: 18/12/2017 - Chesterfield and District Joint Crematorium Committee