South Gloucestershire Leisure Services announce pricing change
By ptics | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 12:36
Circadian Trust, the organisation that runs leisure services in South Gloucestershire, has announced changes to customer pricing following a 12-week consultation, which will come into effect from January 1, 2013.
The amendments include an across-the-board increase for all non-concessions of 1% above RPI (Retail Price Index) for the next two years. Age-related and student concessionaries will receive a discount of up to 35% for most activities, whilst means tested and registered disabled concessionaries will receive the highest discount level of up to 50%.
People between the age of 60 and 65 who currently receive the existing concessionary rate will continue to be eligible for this rate. The increase in concessionary age will be in line with the raising of the state pension age and the Trust will still run classes for over 60s.
Working closely with South Gloucestershire Council to continually improve and retain leisure services in light of reduced funding, the pricing structure amendment is necessary to help protect and continue to invest in the quality of facilities and wellbeing programmes provided across the region.
Mark Crutchley, chief executive of Circadian Trust, said: "Our aim through this consultation is to ensure that we provide fairly priced leisure centres and services for all of our customers. This includes a reasonable and consistent discounted pricing system for people who need it.
"The results of the consultation were finely balanced between reducing the level of concessionary discounts to mirror the national average and taking a combined approach with raising our standard pricing.
"We have, therefore, decided to take a combined approach and, as a charitable business that reinvests all profits back into the facilities and services we deliver, we believe this is the best way forward."
In line with Government policy to keep young people in education for longer, the Trust will also be increasing the length of time students are eligible for discounts. From September 1, 2013 juniors will receive a student discount up to the age of 17 years. From September 1, 2014 this will increase to age 18 years.
From December 2018 the state pension age for both men and women will start to be raised to reach age 66 in October 2020.
People who would like to see the final consultation findings can visit www.circadiantrust.org or contact 0800 073 1047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.