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Rating and Valuation (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 1984

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2— (1) Subject to the provisions of this Part of this Act, the Secretary of State shall, for each year, make grants to local authorities in Scotland in accordance with this section; and any grants made in pursuance of this subsection shall be known as "rate support grants ".

(2)For the purpose of fixing the estimated aggregate amount of the rate support grants for any year the Secretary of State shall determine—

(a)the aggregate amount which he estimates is to be available for the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of grants (other than housing subsidies) to local authorities in respect of their relevant expenditure for that year ; and

(b)the portion of that amount which the Secretary of State estimates will be allocated to grants in respect of such services as the Secretary of State may determine;

and the amount remaining after deducting that portion from the aggregate amount aforesaid shall, subject to sections 3 and 4 of this Act, be the estimated aggregate amount of the rate support grants for that year.

(3)Before determining the amount and the portion mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) above, the Secretary of State shall consult with such associations of local authorities as appear to him to be concerned and shall take into consideration—

(a)the latest information available to him as to the rate of relevant expenditure ;

(b)any probable fluctuation in the demand for services giving rise to relevant expenditure so far as the fluctuation is attributable to circumstances prevailing in Scotland as a whole which are not under the control of local authorities ;

(c)the need for developing those services and the extent to which, having regard to general economic conditions, it is reasonable to develop those services ; and

(d)the current level of prices, costs and remuneration and any future variation in that level which in the opinion of the Secretary of State will result from decisions which appear to him to be final and which will have the effect of increasing or decreasing any particular prices, costs or remuneration.

(4)After consultation with such associations of local authorities as appear to the Secretary of State to be concerned, the estimated aggregate amount of the rate support grants for any year shall be divided by the Secretary of State into three parts (to be known respectively as " the needs element", " the resources element" and " the domestic element") and the amounts of needs element and the domestic element and the estimated amount of the resources element shall be such as may be prescribed ; and the provisions of Schedule 1 to this Act shall, subject to sections 4 and 5 of this Act, have effect with respect to the determination of the amounts payable to any local authority in respect of those elements for any year and with respect to the other matters there mentioned.

(5)Payments in respect of elements of rate support grants shall be made to any local authority at such times as the Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, determine and shall be made in aid of the revenues of the authority generally.

(6)Subject to subsection (7) below, the Secretary of State may—

(a)defray any expenditure incurred in any year in the provision of services for local authorities by any body specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State ; and

(b)deduct from the aggregate amount of the needs element for that year such amount, not exceeding the total of the expenditure so defrayed, as appears to him to be appropriate.

(7)Before exercising his powers under subsection (6) above, the Secretary of State shall consult with such associations of local authorities as appear to him to be concerned.

(8)In this section—

  • " housing subsidies " means such grants to local authorities out of moneys provided by Parliament for housing as may be determined by the Secretary of State to be housing subsidies for the purposes of this section ;

  • " relevant expenditure ", in relation to any year, means the sum of the following amounts as estimated by the Secretary of State—

    (a)

    (a) the amount of expenditure for that year falling to be paid out of the rates of a local authority, and

    (b)

    (b) an amount equal to the amount receivable by the local authority for that year as grants (within the meaning of section 2(2)(a) of this Act) and as payments under Part V of the Local Government Act 1948, reduced by the amount estimated as aforesaid, in whole or in part, of such payments relating to housing and of such payments of other descriptions falling to be made for that year as the Secreary of State may determine.

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