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Does the legislation provide authority to prescribe a fee or a levy?

Legislation must include an empowering provision that specifically authorises the executive to prescribe a fee or a levy.

 

With the exception of payments received under contractual agreements (public bodies generally do not need statutory authority to enter into contracts for commercial transactions), it will usually be unlawful for a public body to charge a fee or levy without express authority from Parliament.

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