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Schedule 7

Section 64

 

Council tax: minor and consequential amendments

Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c. 41)

1          

The Local Government Finance Act 1988 is amended as follows.

2          

In section 74(4) (levies)—

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(a)   

in paragraph (a) after “section” insert “31A or”, and

(b)   

in paragraph (b) after “section” insert “42A or”.

3          

In section 75(6)(a) (special levies) after “section” insert “31A or”.

4          

In section 97(1) (principal transfers between funds)—

(a)   

for “32 to 36” substitute “31A, 31B and 34 to 36”,

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(b)   

in the definition of item B for “33(1)” substitute “31B(1)”, and

(c)   

in the definition of item T for “33(1)” substitute “31B(1)”.

5          

In section 99(4) (regulations about funds) for “32(4)” substitute “31A(4)”.

6          

In Schedule 7 (non-domestic rating: multipliers) in paragraph 9(4) in the

definition of item C for “32(4)” substitute “31A(4)”.

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Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14)

7          

The Local Government Finance Act 1992 is amended as follows.

8     (1)  

Section 30 (amounts of council tax for different categories of dwelling) is

amended as follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (2)—

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(a)   

in paragraph (a) for “sections 32 to 36 below;” substitute “—

(i)   

in the case of a billing authority in England,

sections 31A, 31B and 34 to 36 below, or

(ii)   

in the case of a billing authority in Wales,

sections 32 to 36 below;”, and

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(b)   

in paragraph (b) for the words from “, have been calculated” to the

end of the paragraph substitute “—

(i)   

in the case of a billing authority in England,

have been calculated in accordance with

sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 47 below and have

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been stated (or last stated) in accordance with

section 40 below in precepts issued to the

authority by major precepting authorities, or

(ii)   

in the case of a billing authority in Wales, have

been calculated in accordance with sections 43

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to 47 below and have been stated (or last

stated) in accordance with section 40 below in

precepts issued to the authority by major

precepting authorities.”

      (3)  

In subsection (4) for “sections 32” to the end of the subsection insert “—

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(a)   

in the case of a billing authority in England, sections 31A, 31B

and 34 to 36 below, or sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 47 below,

or both, or

 
 

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(b)   

in the case of a billing authority in Wales, sections 32 to 36

below, or sections 43 to 47 below, or both.”

9          

In section 31(1)(a) (substituted amounts) after “section” insert “36A,”.

10    (1)  

Section 32 (calculation of budget requirement by billing authority) is

amended as follows.

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      (2)  

In the heading at the end insert “by authorities in Wales”.

      (3)  

In subsection (1) after “billing authority” insert “in Wales”.

      (4)  

In subsection (2)—

(a)   

omit the paragraph (a) inserted in relation to authorities in England

by the Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations)

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(England) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/190) (so that the paragraph (a)

in that subsection as enacted continues to have effect for authorities

in Wales),

(b)   

at the end of paragraph (c) insert “and”, and

(c)   

omit paragraph (e).

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      (5)  

In subsection (3)—

(a)   

in paragraph (a)—

(i)   

omit the words “general fund or (as the case may be)”,

(ii)   

omit the words from “BID levy” to “2003”, and

(iii)   

omit the words “or (in the case of the Common Council only)

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police grant”,

(b)   

omit paragraph (b), and

(c)   

in paragraph (c) for “, (b) and (e)” substitute “and (b)”.

      (6)  

In subsection (3A)—

(a)   

omit “In the case of any billing authority in Wales”, and

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(b)   

for “their” substitute “a billing authority’s”.

      (7)  

For subsection (5) substitute—

“(5)   

In making the calculation under subsection (2) above the authority

must ignore—

(a)   

payments which must be met from a trust fund;

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(b)   

payments to be made to the Secretary of State under

paragraph 5 of Schedule 8 to the 1988 Act or regulations

made under paragraph 5(15) of that Schedule;

(c)   

payments to be made in respect of the amount of any precept

issued by a major precepting authority under Part 1 of this

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Act (but not payments to be so made in respect of interest on

such an amount); and

(d)   

payments to be made to another person in repaying, under

regulations under the 1988 Act or Part 1 of this Act, excess

receipts by way of non-domestic rates or council tax.”

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      (8)  

In subsection (7)(a) omit sub-paragraph (ii).

      (9)  

Omit subsections (8) to (8B).

     (10)  

In subsection (9)—

(a)   

for “Secretary of State” substitute “Welsh Ministers”, and

 
 

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(b)   

for “(8B)” substitute “(7)”.

     (11)  

In subsection (12) omit the definition of “police grant”.

     (12)  

Omit subsection (13).

11    (1)  

Section 33 (calculation of basic amount of tax by billing authority) is

amended as follows.

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      (2)  

In the heading at the end insert “by authorities in Wales”.

      (3)  

In subsection (1)—

(a)   

after “billing authority” insert “in Wales”, and

(b)   

in the definition of item P omit—

(i)   

omit “general fund or (as the case may be)”, and

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(ii)   

“or (in the case of the Common Council only) police grant”.

      (4)  

Omit subsections (3) and (3A).

      (5)  

In subsection (3B)—

(a)   

omit “In the case of a Welsh county council or county borough

council,”, and

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(b)   

in each of the definitions of items J, K and L for “council’s” substitute

“authority’s”.

      (6)  

In subsection (4) omit “or subsection (3) above”.

      (7)  

In subsection (5) for “Secretary of State” substitute “Welsh Ministers”.

12         

In section 34(2) (additional calculation where special items relate to part only

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of area)—

(a)   

in the definition of item B after “under” insert “section 31B(1) above

or”, and

(b)   

in the definition of item T after “item T” insert “in section 31B(1)

above or”.

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13         

In section 35(1)(a) (special item for the purposes of section 34) after “under”

insert “section 31A(2) above or”.

14         

In section 36(1) (calculation of tax for different valuation bands) in the

definition of “item A” after the first “under” insert “section 31B(1) above or”.

15         

After section 36 insert—

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“36A    

Substitute calculations: England

(1)   

An authority in England which has made calculations in accordance

with sections 31A, 31B and 34 to 36 above in relation to a financial

year (originally or by way of substitute) may make calculations in

substitution in relation to the year in accordance with those sections,

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ignoring section 31A(11) above for this purpose.

(2)   

None of the substitute calculations shall have any effect if—

(a)   

the amount calculated under section 31A(4) above, or any

amount calculated under section 31B(1) or 34(2) or (3) above

as the basic amount of council tax applicable to any dwelling,

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would exceed that so calculated in the previous calculations,

or

 
 

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(b)   

the billing authority fails to comply with subsection (3) below

in making the substitute calculations.

(3)   

In making substitute calculations under section 31B(1) or 34(3)

above, the billing authority must use any amount determined in the

previous calculations for item T in section 31B(1) above or item TP in

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section 34(3) above.

(4)   

For the purposes of subsection (2)(a) above, one negative amount is

to be taken to exceed another if it is closer to nil (so that minus £1 is

to be taken to exceed minus £2).

(5)   

Subsections (2) and (3) above do not apply if the previous

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calculations have been quashed because of a failure to comply with

sections 31A, 31B and 34 to 36 above in making the calculations.”

16         

In section 37(1) (substitute calculations) after “authority” insert “in Wales”.

17    (1)  

Section 40 (issue of precepts by major precepting authorities) is amended as

follows.

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      (2)  

In subsection (2)(a) for “sections 43 to 47 below;” substitute “—

(i)   

in the case of a precepting authority in England,

sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 47 below, or

(ii)   

in the case of a precepting authority in Wales, sections

43 to 47 below;”.

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      (3)  

In subsection (3) for “sections 43 to 47 below” substitute “—

(a)   

in the case of a precepting authority in England, sections 42A,

42B and 45 to 47 below, or

(b)   

in the case of a precepting authority in Wales, sections 43 to

47 below.”

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      (4)  

After subsection (5) insert—

“(5A)   

No such precept may be issued by a precepting authority in England

to a billing authority before the earlier of the following—

(a)   

the earliest date on which, for the financial year for which the

precept is issued, each of the periods prescribed for the

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purposes of item T in section 31B(1) above, item T in section

42B(1) below and item TP in section 45(3) below has expired;

(b)   

the earliest date on which, for that year, each billing authority

has notified its calculations for the purposes of those items to

the precepting authority.”

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      (5)  

In subsection (6) after the first “authority” insert “in Wales”.

      (6)  

In subsection (8) after “subsection” insert “(5A),”.

      (7)  

In subsection (9)—

(a)   

in paragraph (a)—

(i)   

after “(2)(a)” insert “(i)”, and

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(ii)   

for “43 to 47” substitute “sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 47”,

(b)   

in paragraph (b)—

(i)   

after “(3)” insert “(a)”, and

(ii)   

for “43 to 47” substitute “sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 47”,

(c)   

in paragraph (c)—

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(i)   

for “(6)” substitute “(5A)”, and

(ii)   

for “44(1)” substitute “42B(1)”, and

(d)   

in paragraph (d) for “(6)” substitute “(5A)”.

18    (1)  

Section 41 (precepts by local precepting authorities) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (2) for the words from “by the precepting authority” to the end

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substitute “—

(a)   

in the case of a precepting authority in England, by that

authority under section 49A below as its council tax

requirement for the year, and

(b)   

in the case of a precepting authority in Wales, by that

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authority under section 50 below as its budget requirement

for the year.”

      (3)  

After that subsection insert—

“(2A)   

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision that a

billing authority in England making calculations in accordance with

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section 31A above (originally or by way of substitute) may anticipate

a precept under this section; and the regulations may include

provision as to—

(a)   

the amounts which may be anticipated by billing authorities

in pursuance of the regulations;

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(b)   

the sums (if any) to be paid by such authorities in respect of

amounts anticipated by them; and

(c)   

the sums (if any) to be paid by such authorities in respect of

amounts not anticipated by them.”

      (4)  

In subsection (3)—

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(a)   

for “Secretary of State” substitute “Welsh Ministers”, and

(b)   

after “billing authority” insert “in Wales”.

19         

In section 42(1)(b) (substituted precepts) after “49” insert “49A,”.

20    (1)  

Section 43 (calculation of budget requirement by major precepting

authority) is amended as follows.

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      (2)  

In the heading, at the end insert “by authorities in Wales”.

      (3)  

In subsection (1) after “major precepting authority” insert “in Wales”.

      (4)  

Omit subsection (5).

      (5)  

For subsections (6A) to (6D) substitute—

“(6A)   

In this section and section 44 below “police grant”, in relation to a

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major precepting authority and a financial year, means the total

amount of grant payable to the authority in accordance with the

police grant report for that year.

(6B)   

In subsection (6A) above “police grant report” means a police grant

report approved by a resolution of the House of Commons pursuant

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to section 46 of the Police Act 1996.”

      (6)  

In subsection (7)—

(a)   

for “Secretary of State” substitute “Welsh Ministers”, and

 
 

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(b)   

in paragraph (b) for the words from “subsections” to “them”

substitute “subsection (6)”.

21    (1)  

Section 44 (calculation of basic amount of tax by major precepting authority)

is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In the heading at the end insert “by authorities in Wales”.

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      (3)  

In subsection (1) after “major precepting authority” insert “in Wales”.

      (4)  

In each of subsections (4) and (5) for “Secretary of State” substitute “Welsh

Ministers”.

22         

In section 45(2) (additional calculation where special items relate to part only

of area)-

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(a)   

in the definition of item B after “under” insert “section 42B(1) above

or”, and

(b)   

in the definition of item T after “item T” insert “in section 42B(1)

above or”.

23         

In section 46(1) (special item for the purposes of section 34) after “under”

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insert “section 42A(2) above or”.

24         

In section 47(1) (calculation of tax for different valuation bands) in the

definition of “item A” after the first “under” insert “section 42B(1) above or”.

25    (1)  

Section 48 (calculation of amount payable by each billing authority) is

amended as follows.

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      (2)  

In subsection (1A) in the definition of item T for “33(1)” substitute “31B(1)”.

      (3)  

In subsection (2)—

(a)   

for “44(1) or” substitute “42B(1) above or (as the case may be) 44(1)

above or under section”, and

(b)   

in the definition of item T after the second “in” insert “section 31B(1)

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or (as the case may be)”.

      (4)  

In subsection (3) for “44(1) or” substitute “42B(1) above or 44(1) above or

under section”.

26    (1)  

Section 49 (substitute calculations) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (1) before paragraph (a) insert—

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“(za)   

sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 48 above (originally or by way of

substitute),”.

      (3)  

In subsection (1A) before paragraph (a) insert—

“(za)   

in a case falling within paragraph (za), the provisions

specified in that paragraph;”.

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      (4)  

In subsection (2)—

(a)   

before paragraph (a) insert—

“(za)   

in the case of a major precepting authority in England

other than the Greater London Authority, the amount

under section 42A(4) above, or any amount calculated

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under section 42B(1) or 45(2) or (3) above as the basic

amount of council tax applicable to any dwelling,

would exceed that so calculated in the previous

calculations; or”,

 
 

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(b)   

in paragraph (a) for “other than the Greater London Authority”

substitute “in Wales”,

(c)   

in paragraph (aa)(i) for “budget” substitute “council tax”, and

(d)   

in paragraph (b) for “subsection (3) or (3A) below” substitute

“whichever of subsections (2A), (3) and (3A) below is applicable to

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it”.

      (5)  

After that subsection insert—

“(2A)   

In making substitute calculations under section 42B(1) or 45(3)

above, an authority in England other than the Greater London

Authority must use any amount determined in the previous

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calculations for item T in section 42B(1) above or item TP in section

45(3) above.”

      (6)  

In subsection (3) for “the authority” substitute “an authority in Wales”.

      (7)  

In subsection (3A)—

(a)   

for “authority” substitute “Greater London Authority”, and

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(b)   

omit “P1 or” and “item P2 or”.

      (8)  

Omit subsections (4A) to (4C).

      (9)  

Before subsection (5) insert—

“(4D)   

Subsections (2) and (2A) above shall not apply if the previous

calculations have been quashed because of a failure to comply with

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sections 42A, 42B and 45 to 48 above in making the calculations.”

27    (1)  

Section 50 (calculation of budget requirement by major precepting

authorities) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In the heading at the end insert “by authorities in Wales”.

      (3)  

In subsection (1) after “local precepting authority” insert “in Wales”.

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28         

In section 65(4)(a) (duty to consult ratepayers: timing) after “under” insert

“section 31A above or”.

29         

In section 66(2)(c) (matters that may not be questioned except by an

application for judicial review)—

(a)   

for “32” substitute “31A”, and

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(b)   

for “43” substitute “42A”.

30    (1)  

Section 67 (functions to be discharged only by authority) is amended as

follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (2)(b)—

(a)   

for “32” substitute “31A”, and

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(b)   

for “43” substitute “42A”.

      (3)  

In subsection (2A)—

(a)   

before paragraph (a) insert—

“(za)   

the determination of an amount for item T in section

31B(1) above;”, and

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(b)   

after paragraph (b) insert—

“(ba)   

the determination of an amount for item T in section

42B(1) above;”.

 
 

 
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