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Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1968

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1Exchequer contributions towards provision of new houses

(1)The provisions of sections 1 to 12 of this Act shall have effect with respect to assistance to local authorities and other bodies mentioned in subsection (2) of this section (hereinafter referred to as " recipient authorities") towards the expenditure incurred by them in the provision of new houses approved for the purposes of this section by the Secretary of State (hereinafter referred to as " approved houses ").

(2)The houses that may be approved for the purposes of this section are new houses which are—

(a)provided by a local authority in the exercise of their powers to provide housing accommodation, or

(b)provided by a development corporation otherwise than in pursuance of authorised arrangements made with a local authority, or

(c)provided by a development corporation in pursuance of authorised arrangements made with a local authority, or

(d)provided by a housing association in pursuance of authorised arrangements made with a local authority or special arrangements made with the Secretary of State, or

(e)provided by the Scottish Special Housing Association in any of the circumstances specified in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of this section;

and in respect of which proposals for their provision were or are submitted to the Secretary of State for his approval—

(i)in the case of proposals submitted by a local authority in respect of houses which would have been eligible for Exchequer contributions calculated in accordance with section 2, or paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) of section 3(4), of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1962 had the Housing (Financial Provisions, &c.) (Scotland) Act 1967 (other than section 16(1) thereof and Part I of Schedule 5 thereto) and this Act not been passed, on or after 1st January 1965 ; and

(ii)in any other case, on or after 25th November 1965.

(3)The circumstances referred to in subsection (2)(e) of this section are that the houses are provided—

(a)in the district of any local authority as respects which the Secretary of State is satisfied—

(i)that there is an urgent need for more housing accommodation which will be met only if such accommodation is provided by the local authority or the Scottish Special Housing Association, and

(ii)that all accommodation so required cannot be provided by the local authority without imposing an unreasonably heavy rate burden or necessitating the charging of unreasonably high rents for that accommodation and other accommodation provided by the authority; or

(b)in pursuance of arrangements such as are mentioned in section 8(1) of the Housing and Town Development (Scotland) Act 1957 (provision of housing accommodation in relief of over-populated districts); or

(c)in the district of any local authority in accordance with arrangements made with the approval of the Secretary of State as being desirable by reason of special circumstances for the provision of housing accommodation in any area for persons coming to that area in order to meet the urgent needs of industry, and so coming wholly, or, in the case of the council of a county (other than a county of a city), wholly or partly, from outside the district of the authority.

(4)Any Exchequer contribution under this Part of this Act payable in respect of any approved house or in respect of the cost of any approved house or in respect of the cost of the site of any approved house shall be paid to the recipient authority by whom the house was provided, except that where it was provided by a development corporation or a housing association in pursuance of authorised arrangements made with a local authority the Exchequer contribution shall be paid to the local authority, who shall pay to the development corporation or housing association, as the case may be, by way of annual grant an amount not less than the said Exchequer contribution.

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