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The Local Government (Rates Support Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a Northern Ireland Statutory Rule: The Local Government (Rates Support Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 No. 375

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SCHEDULE 1

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PART IRates support grant formula

1.  For the purposes of this Schedule—

(a)a council’s wealth means its share of the Northern Ireland gross penny product, as calculated in accordance with this Schedule;

(b)a council’s needs means its share of the Northern Ireland adjusted population (including the additional needs of a council) as calculated in accordance with this Schedule.

2.  The formula to determine a council’s entitlement to rates support grant shall be—

WealthNeeds
This formula illustrates the calculation used to determine a council's entitlement to rates support grant. Firstly it determines a council's wealth by dividing its gross penny rate product by the Northern Ireland gross penny rate product and then multiplying the result by 100. Secondly a similar calculation is carried out to determine a council's needs. The council's home population adjusted is divided by the Northern Ireland home population adjusted and then the result is multiplied by 100. Thirdly the result of the needs calculation is subtracted from the results of the wealth calculation resulting in a surplus or negative variance.

3.  To calculate the proportion of rates support grant payable to a council, the total of negative variances shall be calculated and each council’s negative variance (if any) expressed as a percentage of the total.

This formula calculates the proportion of rates support grant payable to a council. If the result of the previous calculation under paragraph 3 results in a negative variance, that is the council's needs exceed the council's wealth, the council's negative variance is divided by the total of all councils negative variances and multiplied by 100 to give a percentage allocation of total grant.

PART IIMeasures applied to adjust for additional needs

4.  Measures applied to adjust for additional needs are—

(a)deprivation;

(b)an influx of additional population; and

(c)sparsity.

5.  Measures, weighted in accordance with paragraph 7, to the extent specified in paragraph 6(1), which shall be applied to population data, to adjust for—

(a)deprivation, are—

(i)income deprivation scores; and

(ii)employment deprivation scores;

(b)an influx of additional population, are—

(i)tourist bed-nights; and

(ii)travel to work data;

(c)sparsity, are—

(i)population density; and

(ii)private household data.

Extent of adjustment

6.  (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 4, the extent of adjustment made to the population of a local government district shall be in the same proportion as the total Northern Ireland expenditure on each key service relative to specified needs is to the total Northern Ireland expenditure.

(2) The key services to which sub-paragraph (1) relates are—

(a)community services;

(b)economic development;

(c)waste collection;

(d)other cleaning; and

(e)tourism.

Population Adjustment Methodology

7.  The Department shall adjust population to address—

(a)deprivation in a local government district, by taking the following steps—

(i)application of the employment scores with a 50 percent weighting and income scores with a 50 percent weighting, making an adjustment of the proportion that community services expenditure is to total expenditure;

(ii)application of the employment scores with a 100 percent weighting, making an adjustment for each of the proportion that economic development expenditure is to total expenditure;

(iii)application of the income scores with a 50 percent weighting, making an adjustment of the proportion that tourism expenditure is to total expenditure;

(b)an influx of additional population into a local government district, by taking the following steps—

(i)application of tourist bed-nights factors with a 50 percent weighting, making an adjustment of the proportion that tourism expenditure is to total expenditure;

(ii)application of tourist bed-nights factors with a 50 percent weighting and travel to work factors with a 50 percent weighting, making an adjustment of the proportion that other cleaning expenditure is to total expenditure; and

(c)sparsity in a local government district, by taking the following step—

application of mid-year population density data with a 25 percent weighting and private household data with a 75 percent weighting, making an adjustment of the proportion that waste collection expenditure is to total expenditure.

8.  The total adjustment which the Department shall make to the home population of a local government district shall be the sum of the results, which may be positive or negative, of the adjustments made in accordance with paragraphs 7(a), 7(b) and 7(c).

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