Village hall fees hike fears allayed.
A HOME OFFICE ruling on licensing fees is being hailed as a victory for Tees Valley Rural Community Councils' network of 51 village halls.
Hall committees feared Government proposals to set fees locally would lead to an increase in charges. But, after listening to the views of volunteers who run the halls, the Home Office has decided that fees will continue to be set nationally.
TVRCC says the decision is a victory for village halls and community buildings. The charity, part of the Acre (Action with Communities in Rural England) Network, runs a dedicated advice service for village hall management committee members.
Acre had warned a Home Office consultation on licensing fees that allowing charges to be set by local authorities would lead to increased charges - with community groups ultimately footing the bill.