Councils jump on the pink gravy train

Posted: February 20, 2011 in General

Have you noticed this type of advert turning up in your local paper.

IlieIt appears that councils up and down the country have found a nice little earner in issuing licences to hold marriage / civil partnership for homosexuals. Are there that many homosexuals who want to get ‘married’ to make the outlay of licence and ”bits and bobs’ that go with it for the initial and regular outlay of so much money?

Maybe pubs and hotels are trying to keep going in these difficult financial times by branching out into this civil partnership phenomena?

Different councils seem to charge different rates too with wording for costs variable and with no rhyme nor reason to them, some so basic they omit the extra costs involved.

North Yorks

‘The fees given below include all costs, including advertising in the local newspaper. The licence itself lasts for three years.

From 1 January 2011, a new application fee is £1,300 (this includes two rooms). For a renewal the cost is £1,050. For any additional rooms, either on a new application or renewal, the fee is £130 per room. If an additional visit is required the charge is £135. Please note fees may increase from 1 January each year.’

Camden, London

‘The fees are as follows:

Venue capacity of up to 100 persons – £850
Venue capacity of up to 101 to 200 – £1000
Venue capacity of up to 201 to 300 – £1250 ‘

Peterborough

The fees for an approved premises license are:

Up to 31 March 2011 – £1400 plus the cost of required advertisement in local newspaper
1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 – £1600 (proposed) plus the cost of required advertisement in local newspaper
1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 – £1800 (proposed) plus the cost of required advertisement in local newspaper

‘Torbay Council

£1300 (one thousand three hundred ) for a first application or £910 (nine hundred and ten pounds) for a renewal of an existing approval. If the application is for approval of (an) additional room(s) during the 3 year licence period, a cheque for £100 should accompany the application.’

Also there are additional costs for officials to turn up to officiate.

‘It will be necessary for a Superintendent Registrar to attend to conduct the ceremony and a Registrar to register the marriage / civil partnership. The fees have been determined on a sliding scale depending on the day chosen for the ceremony and include the cost of a marriage/civil partnership:

From 1st April 2010
Monday to Friday £255
Saturday £360
Sunday £460
Bank Holidays £575
Plus £3.50 per marriage certificate

Ah well, it’s just the sign of the times I suppose.

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