Rise in registrar fees

FEES relating to civil marriages, civil partnerships and private citizenship ceremonies could be increased from April next year.

In a report to the corporate services committee, director Colin McMahon suggested that a rise in prices be approved.

This means that there could be an increase in the charge for the services of a registrar to conduct a civil marriage ceremony, civil parnership registration or citizenship ceremony on a Saturday or working week day from £154 to £162, on a Sunday from £211 to £222 and on public holidays from £266.50 to £280.

There will also be an increase in the accomodation fee for the use of ceremony rooms within registration offices from £44 to £46 when numbers present exceed 10.

Mr McMahon added: “It is estimated that the increase in fees will result in an increase of approximately £3,400.

“This will offset any increase in payments made to registrars and assistant registrars in delivery of their out of hours service,” he concluded.