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

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government (Rates Support Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 and shall come into operation on 1st November 2011.

Interpretation

2.  (1)  In these Regulations—

“employment deprivation scores” means the Employment Deprivation Domain scores contained in the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010, published by the Department of Finance and Personnel(1);

“expenditure” means net expenditure (excluding depreciation and bank interest) averaged over the latest three financial years, provided by councils;

“gross penny rate product” means the income that may be raised from one penny of district rates on rateable and derated properties, as determined by the Department on the basis of data provided by the Department of Finance and Personnel;

“income deprivation scores” means the Income Deprivation Domain scores contained in the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010, published by the Department of Finance and Personnel;

“population” means the population determined by the Department of Finance and Personnel on the basis of mid-year home population estimates for local government districts, and provided by the Department of Finance and Personnel to the Department;

“population density” means the mid-year home population estimates per kilometre squared, provided by the Department of Finance and Personnel;

“private household data” means the number of households within each local government district provided by either the Department of Finance and Personnel or the Northern Ireland Housing Executive;

“tourist bed-nights” means the number of tourists staying in Northern Ireland overnight but excluding Northern Ireland residents, provided by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; and

“travel to work data” means employment statistics, based on census of employment and labour force surveys, provided by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

(2) With the exception of the definitions set out in paragraph (1), expressions used in these Regulations shall have the same meaning as in the Best Value Accounting Code of Practice: 2010/2011(2) published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Rates support grant

3.  For the financial year beginning on 1st April 2012 and each successive year the Department shall determine the amount of rates support grant payable to a council in accordance with the formula described in Schedule 1.

4.  The Department shall use data, in the formula and measures applied to population to calculate the additional needs of a council, based on the latest information available to the Department regarding the financial year ending on 31st March 2011 and on 31st March in each successive year.

Amendments to the Rates Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

5.  (1)  The Rates Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007(3) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 3(1) (payments to district councils on account of district rates) for “section 53(2)(e) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972” substitute “under section 3(2)(e) of the Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011”.

(3) In regulation 6(1) (the resources element of the General Grant) for “under the Local Government (General Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 the amount of the resources element of the General Grant” substitute “under the Local Government (Rates Support Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 the amount of the rates support grant”.

(4) In regulation 6(2)(a) for “the derating element of the General Grant” substitute “the de-rating grant”.

Revocations, transitional and saving provisions

6.  (1)  Subject to paragraphs (2) to (4), the Regulations specified in Schedule 2 are revoked.

(2) For the purposes of calculating the amount of rates support grant for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2012, anything done under provision of the Local Government (General Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(4) before the coming into operation of these Regulations has effect as if done under the corresponding provision of these Regulations.

(3) The Regulations set out in Schedule 2 shall continue to apply in respect of the resources element of the general grant for the financial year ending on 31st March 2012.

(4) Subject to any specific transitional provision, anything done under, or for the purposes of the Local Government (General Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 before the coming into operation of these Regulations shall continue to have effect as if done under or for the purposes of the corresponding provision of these Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on 25th October 2011

(L.S.)

Elizabeth Loughran

A senior officer of the Department of the Environment

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