21 March 2017
Leeds City Council are consulting on a proposed change community centre pricing policy.A proposed change to the community centre pricing policy, detailed below, was discussed at the Community Chairs Forum meeting on 16 March 2017, and following legal advice, a four weeks consultation will now take place from Monday 20th March until Sunday 16th April.
All users with free lets were contacted on Friday 10th March to inform them that their current lettings have been extended until 4th June under their current agreements.
It is hoped that following the consultation a decision will be taken on these proposals between 17th and 30th April.
If approved new hire agreements will be sent to community centre users on 1st May with the start date of 5th June.
What are the proposals?
On 6th February Cabinet approved a decision to amend the pricing policy relating to community centre lettings from 1st April 2017.
Where previously Community Committees had the option of granting free lettings for the use of community centres within their areas, it is now appropriate that all organisations should make some payment for the use of these facilities.
From 1st April 2017 all groups will be expected to make a minimum payment of 25% of the community rate for any bookings that they have in LCC community centres.
This means that the charges for use of community centres from 1st April 2017 will be: (prices listed in this order: Commercial Rates/Community Rate/ Discounted Rate)
Large Rooms generally Halls £25.00 per hour/ £10.00 per hour /£2.50 per hour
‘Delivery Space’(all other rooms) £12.50 per hour/ £5.00 per hour / £1.25 per hour Kitchens for food preparation £5.00 per hour £1.00 per hour £0.25 per hour
There will now be a minimum £10 charge for a one off booking of space within a community centre. Sundry debtors team won’t process payments less than £10 as it isn’t cost effective.
The new policy also excludes certain types of organisation from qualifying for a discounted let. Statutory, private and fully funded organisations will not be able to benefit from a discounted rate and will be expected to account for accommodation costs within their delivery models.
This means that there are a number of organisations that have previously benefited from free lets that will now be expected to pay the full community rate for their lettings.
It is possible that some of these groups may be able to demonstrate that they can reasonably be considered for a discounted rate, but the decision on that will be based on evidence that they provide.
When Leeds City Council feed back consultation comments to elected members they will highlight those organisations in their wards that will be most impacted by these changes.
Please address any comments, questions or concerns to:
Senior Policy & Performance Officer, Communities Team, Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 378 5799