Social & Community Development Committee Meeting

The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) met on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, to discuss a number of items.

In Open Session, Members did not support an increase to the Gaming Machine Licence Fee and agreed to review in a year's time. An increase from Pound 50.00 to Pound 60.00 was agreed for a transfer of a Gaming Machine Licence.

Liquor Licence Fees were considered and the following agreed:

For each application for a grant, renewal, transfer or removal of a licence at Pound 15.00

Application for a special order of exemption at Pound 10.00 plus Pound 5.00 for each occasion (after the first) included in the same application

Issue of any other licence including tavern, hotel, restaurant and club an increase from Pound 100.00 to Pound 125.00

Liquor licences for Community Centres from Pound 40.00 to Pound 45.00

The Committee noted that occasional liquor sales licences are being looked at to see whether there might be a way of reducing administrative and court work in view of the number of times people have to apply for a licence. In the meantime, there is to be no change to the current fee.

The recommended changes to the Gaming Machine and Liquor Licence Fees will be referred to the Governor in Council for approval to amend the Regulations.

Also considered and agreed was the Archives Research Fee which will now be Pound 40.00 for the first two hours and Pound 20.00 per hour thereafter.

The Committee also had no objection to a suitable fee being charged for photocopying documents.

In the Closed Session, three newly appointed members of the Safeguarding staff were introduced to the Committee. These were � Therapeutic Practitioner, Tamara Coleman, Quality Assurance & Policy Consultant, Gavin Thomas, and Assistant Director, Carol George.

Members also received an update from the Safeguarding Director, Matt Ansell.

The SCDC also held a special meeting on Thursday, 1 March, to discuss a recommendation from the Employment Rights Committee on proposed increases to the Minimum Wage. The increases proposed were:

16 years to 18 years from Pound 2.00 to Pound 2.10 per hour

18 years and over from Pound 2.95 to Pound 3.05 per hour

The Committee gave approval for the necessary revised legislation to be drafted and forwarded to Executive Council in March for approval and to agree an implementation date.

The SCDC comprises of Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick. The Committee Secretary is Nicole Plato.

Source: St Helena Government

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