Hackney Council spells out new charge for hypnotists in budget cuts
PUBLISHED: 11:35 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 01 March 2017
Hypnotists and people who still rent CDs from libraries will have to start paying for the privilege under Hackney Council's £13.8m budget cuts.
The town hall has introduced a range of new costs to come in from April as it looks to offset the impact of the government’s austerity measures.
Anyone wanting to host a hypnotism show on a stage must now pay a licence charge of £98.
And a CD rental for up to two weeks will now set you back 50p, as will reserving a book from any of the borough’s libraries. The maximum fine for late returns is also going up, from £6 to £8.
Elsewhere, a memorial bench in a green space will now cost £1,150, and a memorial tree is £682.
Anyone caught not picking up their dog’s mess will also now be hit with an £80 fine, or £50 if they shell out early.
The town hall will also stand to rake in plenty of money from a new charge on Temporary Event Notices – used regularly by venues wanting to sell booze or open late for one-off events.
The changes are set to be rubber stamped at tonight’s town hall budget meeting.