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Local Government and Housing Act 1989

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142Powers to vary incidence of standard community charge: Scotland

In section 10 of the [1987 c. 47.] Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987 (liability for and calculation of standard community charge) for subsections (6) and (7) there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(6)The standard community charge due to a local authority in respect of any premises in respect of any financial year shall be the product of the personal community charge determined in respect of that year by the local authority and—

(a)where the premises are in a specified class, the standard community charge multiplier determined in respect of that class by the authority; or

(b)where the premises are not in a specified class, the standard community charge multiplier determined by the authority in relation to such premises,

in respect of that year.

(7)A specified class is one which has been prescribed under this subsection or determined under regulations made under subsection (7F) below.

(7A)A local authority shall determine their standard community charge multiplier or multipliers before such date in each year as is prescribed.

(7B)A standard community charge multiplier must be one of the following, 0, ½, 1, 1½, 2.

(7C)A local authority may resolve that different standard community charge multipliers shall apply in relation to different classes of premises prescribed under subsection (7) above.

(7D)A standard community charge multiplier relating to a class of premises prescribed under subsection (7) above shall not exceed such maximum multiplier as may be prescribed in relation to that class.

(7E)In prescribing classes under subsection (7) above, the Secretary of State may classify premises by reference to such factors as he thinks fit, including, without prejudice to that generality—

(a)the physical characteristics of premises or any part of them;

(b)the fact that premises are, or any part of them is, unoccupied;

(c)the fact that premises are, or any part of them is, occupied for prescribed purposes;

(d)the fact that premises are, or any part of them is, occupied by persons of prescribed descriptions;

(e)the circumstances of persons liable to pay the standard community charge.

(7F)The Secretary of State may, by regulations, make provision—

(a)enabling local authorities or local authorities of such class or classes as he may specify in the regulations—

(i)to determine, in relation to their areas, classes of premises additional to those prescribed under subsection (7) above;

(ii)to determine different such classes of premises in relation to different parts of their areas; and

(iii)to resolve that different standard community charge multipliers shall apply in relation to different classes of premises determined under the regulations, and

(b)requiring them, when determining a class or classes under the regulations, to classify premises only by reference to one or more prescribed factors being such factors as the Secretary of State thinks fit.

(7G)Regulations under subsection (7F) above may make provision enabling the district council to resolve that different standard community charge multipliers shall apply in relation to such different classes of premises as have, in relation to the district, been determined under the regulations by the council of the region in which the district is situated.

(7H)A regional council may resolve that different standard community charge multipliers shall apply in relation to the same specified class of premises in different districts within the region.

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