(1)The new authorities shall be local authorities for the purposes of block grant under Part VI of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (rate support grant) for financial years beginning on or after the abolition date and accordingly that Act shall for those purposes have effect with the following amendments.
(2)In section 53—
(a)in subsection (5), in paragraph (f) the word " and " shall be omitted and after that paragraph there shall be inserted— “(ff) a joint authority ; and
(b)at the end of subsection (6) there shall be inserted the words “and the area of a joint authority is the area for which the authority is established.
(3)In section 54(8) for paragraph (a) of the definition of "rate fund " there shall be substituted—
“(a)in relation to the Inner London Education Authority and any joint authority, means the general fund ;”.
(4)In section 55(3), after paragraph (c), there shall be inserted " ; or
(d)to a joint authority.".
(5)In section 59(11)—
(a)in paragraph (c)(i) for the words " subsection (6) (b) or
(c)" there shall be substituted the words
“paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) of subsection (6)”; and
(b)after paragraph (c) there shall be inserted— “; and
(d)as if paragraph (ff) referred to four classes, namely—
(i)metropolitan county police authorities and the Northumbria Police Authority;
(ii)metropolitan county passenger transport authorities;
(iii)metropolitan county fire and civil defence authorities; and
(iv)the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority.”
(6)At the end of section 68(1) there shall be inserted the words
“and ' joint authority' means a joint authority established by Part IV of the Local Government Act 1985”.