Decision details

Breckland Pest Control Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Awaiting Implementation

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To seek approval for the withdrawal of the Pest Control Service with affect from 1 April 2014.

Decision:

That the Pest Control Service with affect from 1 April 2014 be withdrawn and appropriate sign-posting to commercial providers via the Customer Services Team be provided.

Reasons for the decision:

Pest Control is not a statutory function and disinvestment would make a significant contribution to the Council’s ‘efficiency programme’.  There was public support for disinvestment as evidenced in the “Could We Should We” consultation events.  Experience from elsewhere suggested that the impact on residents and businesses diminishes over time and was not significant.

 

Retaining the Pest Control Service and introducing charges for all treatments could make the service cost neutral.  That said, it would be difficult to predict the level of income that would be generated due to the evidenced fluctuations in demand and the overall reduction in demand for such services.  Furthermore, there would be a need to re-tender and renegotiate and contractual arrangements with an associated cost to the Authority to vary fees and charges annually to reflect the demand for such a service.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1

Do nothing and retain the Pest Control Service at a budgeted cost of £65,630 in 2014/15 including tendering costs; the cost being offset by income from seasonal insect treatments, circa. £19,530.  Net cost to Breckland Council would be circa. £46,100 (inc. contract re-tendering costs).

Option 2

 

Withdraw the Pest Control Service with a saving of circa. £46,100 in 2014/15 and provide appropriate sign-posting to commercial providers via the Customer Services Team.

Option 3

Retain the Pest Control Service but introduce a charge for domestic rodent treatments at an amount similar to that charged by South Norfolk Council i.e. £30. Based on the current rodent figures for 2012/13 with some reduction for people not able to pay, 400 payments of £30 and an income of £12,000 could be expected. Net cost to Breckland Council of the Pest Control Service would therefore be circa. £34,100.

Option 4

Retain the Pest Control Service but implement appropriate charges to ensure that the service was cost neutral.  An income of £19,530 from insects (based on budgeted income was assumed.  If 400 rodent treatments were provided each year then a charge of £98.90 would need to be levied to realise an additional income of £39,560 which would make the service cost neutral (excluding re-tendering costs of £6540).

 

Report author: Richard Boole

Publication date: 01/08/2013

Date of decision: 30/07/2013

Decided at meeting: 30/07/2013 - Cabinet

Effective from: 09/08/2013

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