1 Title, commencement, application and interpretation

(1)    The title of these Regulations is The Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (Wales) Regulations 2007 and they come into force on 28 February 2007.

(2)    These Regulations apply in relation to authorities in Wales.

(3)    These Regulations apply in relation to the financial year beginning on 1 April 2007.

(4)    In these Regulations “the 1992 Act” (“Deddf 1992”) means the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 28 February 2007: see para (1) above.

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2 Calculation of budget requirement (billing authorities)

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Section 32 of the 1992 Act has effect as if—

(a)    in subsection (3)(a) the words “or relevant special grant” were omitted; and

(b)    after subsection (12) the following subsection were inserted—

“(12A)    In this section and section 33 below—

(a)    references to sums payable for the financial year in respect of redistributed non-domestic rates are references to sums so payable in accordance with the Local Government Finance Report (No 1) 2007–2008 (Final Settlement—Councils) published by the National Assembly for Wales pursuant to section 84G(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 on 21 December 2006; and

(b)    references to sums payable for the financial year in respect of revenue support grant are references to sums so payable in accordance with that report.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 28 February 2007: see reg 1(1).

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3 Calculation of basic amount of council tax (billing authorities)

3Calculation of basic amount of council tax (billing authorities)

Section 33(1) of the 1992 Act has effect as if in item P the words “or relevant special grant” were omitted.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 28 February 2007: see reg 1(1).

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4 Calculation of budget requirement (major precepting authorities)

4Calculation of budget requirement (major precepting authorities)

Section 43 of the 1992 Act has effect as if—

(a)    in subsection (3)(a)(i)—

(i)    the words “relevant special grant” were omitted; and

(ii)    the words “floor funding” were inserted before “or police grant;” and

(b)    after subsection (6D) the following subsections were inserted    —

“(6E)    In this section and section 44 below—

(a)    references to sums payable for the financial year in respect of redistributed non-domestic rates are references to sums so payable in accordance with the Local Government Finance Report (No 2) 2007–2008 (Final Settlement—Police Authorities) published by the National Assembly for Wales pursuant to section 84G(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 on 30 January 2007; and

(b)    references to sums payable for the financial year in respect of revenue support grant are references to sums so payable in accordance with that report.

(6F)    In this section and section 44 below “floor funding” means grant payable to a major precepting authority by the Secretary of State in addition to the police grant referred to in subsection (6C).”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 28 February 2007: see reg 1(1).

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5 Calculation of basic amount of tax (major precepting authorities)

5Calculation of basic amount of tax (major precepting authorities)

Section 44(1) of the 1992 Act has effect as if in item P—

(a)    the words “relevant special grant” were omitted; and

(b)    the words “floor funding” were inserted before “or police grant;”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 28 February 2007: see reg 1(1).

Signature

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998

D Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

27 February 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

Sections 32 and 43 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (“the 1992 Act”) set out respectively how a billing authority and a major precepting authority are to calculate their budget requirements for a financial year. Sections 33 and 44 of that Act set out respectively how a billing authority and a major precepting authority are to calculate the basic amount of their council tax.

Regulations 2(a), 3, 4(a)(i) and 5(a) of these Regulations omit references to “relevant special grant” from sections 32, 33, 43 and 44 of the 1992 Act for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2007 since no special grants are being defined as relevant special grants for that financial year.

Regulations 2(b) and 4(b) insert for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2007 for billing and major precepting authorities the definitions of sums payable in respect of redistributed non-domestic rates and revenue support grant in sections 32 and 43 of the 1992 Act to ensure that the amounts of redistributed non-domestic rates and revenue support grant excluded from the budget requirement calculation in those sections relate only to such amounts payable under the respective Local Government Finance Reports for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2007. The same definitions also apply to sections 33 and 44 of the 1992 Act. Regulation 4(b) also defines “floor funding” in section 43 by inserting subsection (6F) for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2007.

Regulations 4(a)(ii) and 5(b) further amend sections 43 and 44 of the 1992 Act, such that major precepting authorities in Wales must take into account any floor funding received from the Secretary of State for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2007 when making the required calculation for that year.

A regulatory appraisal has been carried out in connection with these Regulations and is available from the Local Government Finance Division, Department of Local Government and Culture, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ (telephone 02920825111; email LGFRevenuemailbox@wales.gsi.gov.uk).

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