User-pricing is gaining increasing popularity amongst local government decision-makers, for it is a technique that aids in rationalising the use of leisure services, focusing on who benefits from such use. In short, a user pricing model can be adopted by local governments to ensure those benefiting from the exclusive use of services pay for that benefit.
This paper has been prepared by the Hillary Commission’s Local Government and Technical Services Unit. It is in response to the large number of queries the Unit receives regarding the issues surrounding the pricing of leisure services.
This document is a discussion paper only. Its primary purpose is to summarise the issues surrounding the pricing of local government leisure services and to promote further discussion on the user-pays debate.