APHA consultation on introduction of new fees
The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), on behalf of Defra, Scottish Government and the Welsh Government, would like to invite your views on the proposed introduction of new fees for statutory services delivered by the Agency.
APHA delivers a wide range of services for businesses and individuals, which both support consumer confidence and enable businesses to trade within the requirements of the law.
APHA already charges some businesses for some statutory services, but other services are not currently being charged to those who use them. This has resulted in a subsidy for users and a financial cost to the taxpayer. In line with UK Government policy, as stated in "Managing Public Money” (July 2013), it is necessary to remove this subsidy and relieve the burden on the taxpayer.
Whilst APHA continue to do a wide range of work to protect the health and welfare of animals at no direct cost to businesses, the Agency is looking at how a number of services, which are currently provided either free of charge, or for a fee equal to less than the full cost of supplying them, may in future be charged at a Full Cost Recovery (FCR) rate. These services cover APHA’s work in the following areas:
- Animal By-Products
- Animal Gatherings
- PET Passports.
A future separate consultation will be held with regards to Export Health Certificates and EU Intra-Trade Animal Health Certificates.
The consultation period
This consultation closed on 7th December 2015.
Full details HERE.
REA response can be found HERE.
Published: 02/11/2015, updated: 15/12/15
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