Local Government Finance Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE

Clause 1

LORD SMITH OF LEIGH

 

Page 2, line 16, leave out “may” and insert “shall”

 

Page 2, line 17, at end insert “if the statutory instruments to enable local authorities to implement the legislation are not in place by 30 November 2012”

Schedule 1

THE EARL OF LYTTON

 

Page 21, line 30, leave out “major”

LORD JENKIN OF RODING

LORD TOPE

LORD SHIPLEY

 

Page 21, line 31, at end insert—

“A billing authority’s central share for a year may not exceed its central share for the previous year.”

 

Page 21, line 31, at end insert—

“The following shall apply in relation to the central share—

(a) the percentage that is to be the billing authority’s central share for the year ending in 2016 shall be at least five lower than it was in the year ending in 2014;

(b) the percentage that is to be the billing authority’s central share for the year ending 2018 shall be at least five lower than it was in the year ending in 2016;

(c) the percentage that is to be the billing authority’s central share for the year ending 2020 shall be at least five lower than it was in the year ending in 2018.

The following shall apply in relation to the local share—

(a) the percentage that is to be the billing authority’s local share for the year ending in 2016 shall be at least five higher than it was in the year ending in 2014;

(b) the percentage that is to be the billing authority’s local share for the year ending in 2018 shall be at least five higher than it was in the year ending in 2016;

(c) the percentage that is to be the billing authority’s local share for the year ending in 2020 shall be at least five higher than it was in the year ending in 2018.”

THE EARL OF LYTTON

 

Page 22, line 41, leave out “major”

 

Page 23, line 8, leave out “major”

LORD JENKIN OF RODING

LORD TOPE

LORD SHIPLEY

 

Page 24, line 33, at end insert—

“(3) In conjunction with billing authorities who are compiling or preparing to compile their local non-domestic rating lists under section 41 (local rating lists), the Secretary of State must carry out a review of the basis of calculation, having regard to baseline funding levels for each billing authority and taking account of changes in their relative needs and resources.

(4) The Secretary of State must have regard to any recommendations arising from the review when specifying the basis of calculation for the year in which the non-domestic rating list is compiled and any subsequent year in respect of which recommendations are made in the review.”

THE EARL OF LYTTON

 

Page 46, line 12, at end insert—

“Publication of Impacts and Resets Calculation and supply of information on the impact on total resources available for Local Authorities

39A (1) The Secretary of State must for each year and in relation to each billing authority in England identify—

(a) the total level of resources available for each billing authority in the preceding year including—

(i) the local share of an authority’s non-domestic rating income;

(ii) the total of any top up of tariff;

(iii) the total of any levy paid to the Government;

(iv) the total of any safety net paid by the Government;

(v) the total amount of resources raised through Council Tax;

(vi) the total of any Homes Bonus paid by the Government;

(vii) any other payments made by the Government considered appropriate to be included by the Government following consultation with local government.

(b) an estimate of the total level of resources available for each billing authority in the forthcoming year including:

(i) the local share of an authority’s non-domestic rating income;

(ii) the total of any top up or tariff;

(iii) the total of any levy paid to the Government;

(iv) the total of any safety net paid by the Government;

(v) the total amount of resources raised through Council Tax;

(vi) the total of any Homes Bonus paid by the Government;

(vii) any other payments made by the Government considered appropriate to be included by the Government following consultation with local government.

39B (1) The information under paragraph 40A must be set out in a report, to be called an “Impact of Business Rates Retention Report”.

(2) The Secretary of State must for each year, alongside the local government finance report, lay or make arrangements for laying, the Impact of Business Rates Retention Report before the House of Commons.

(3) As soon as is reasonably practicable after an Impact of Business Rate Retention Report is laid before the House of Commons, the Secretary of State must send a copy of the report to each relevant authority.

Resets of the Business Rates Retention System

39C (1) The Secretary of State shall be required to make arrangements for a ‘Reset’ of the Business Retention System every 3 years to coincide with each spending review period.

(2) The reset is to take on board a reassessment for each authority of—

(a) relative spending needs;

(b) relative resources available through Council tax income;

(c) relative resources available through Business Rates.

(3) The assessment of relative need is to be determined in full consultation with local government.

Designation of tax increment financing schemes

39D (1) The Secretary of State may by regulation—

(a) designate one or more tax increment financing schemes;

(b) provide for the calculation in accordance with regulations, for each year for which the designation has effect and in relation to the billing authority of the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (2);

(c) provide for that amount to be disregarded for the purpose of the calculation under paragraph 39C (2).

(2) The amount referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(b) is the total amount which, if the authority acted diligently, would be payable to it for the year under section 43 or 45 in respect of the hereditaments in the tax increment financing scheme.”

After Clause 8

THE EARL OF LYTTON

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Non-domestic rating, valuation, appeals, etc.

On or after the coming into force of this Act, any question as to the person or body liable to a charge to council tax or business rates shall be referred to the Valuation Tribunal and may be determined prior to any hearing by agreement with either or both Valuation Office Agency or Billing Authority or (as the case may be) determined as part of any appeal into the level of banding or assessment as if it were an appeal against a non-domestic assessment.”

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Payment by instalments

The Secretary of State may by order make regulations for the payment by instalments of any backdated liability for non-domestic rates where the previous liability arises in respect of an effective date specified by the valuation officer in a rate year prior to the year in which the relevant alteration to the valuation list is made.”

After Clause 14

THE EARL OF LYTTON

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Proposals to alter valuation list

On receipt of a proposal to alter the valuation list made by or on behalf of a ratepayer, the Valuation Officer Agency shall within 30 days issue an acknowledgement of receipt and any such acknowledgement shall be evidence that the proposal is valid.”

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Appeals against entry

The Secretary of State may by order make regulations for the conduct of appeals against an entry in the valuation list and no appeal shall be struck out or declared invalid save as provided for in regulations.”

Prepared 29th June 2012