19(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, a [F1local] authority may make arrangements with a housing body for the exercise by that body on behalf of the authority of any of—E+W+S
(a)the authority’s functions under or by virtue of this Schedule or Schedule 3 or 8 to this Act; or
(b)the authority’s responsibilities as regards council tax benefit in pursuance of Part VII of the M1Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.
(2)Arrangements under sub-paragraph (1) above may, without prejudice to the generality of that sub-paragraph—
(a)provide that a housing body may accept service of a notice under section 81(4) of this Act on behalf of a [F1local]authority and may exercise the functions of that authority under subsections (7) and (8) of that section;
(b)provide as to the terms upon which, instalments by which and manner in which council tax is to be payable to and collected and recovered by the body.
[F2(3)Arrangements made under this paragraph for the exercise of functions under Schedule 8 to this Act may not include arrangements for the exercise of functions under paragraph 2(1)(a) of that Schedule.]
(4)Every person by whom council tax is payable to a housing body under arrangements under this paragraph shall pay it to the body in accordance with those arrangements.
(5)Arrangements under sub-paragraph (1) above shall be on such terms as may be agreed between the [F1local] authority and the housing body or, failing agreement, as may be determined by the Secretary of State.
(6)Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that a [F1local] authority wish to make arrangements under sub-paragraph (1) above with a housing body but that body has not agreed to enter into them, he may, by regulations made after consultation with the authority and the body, require the body to do so.
(7)No document issued by a housing body in pursuance of an arrangement made under this paragraph to a person liable to pay council tax or any instalment of council tax shall contain or refer to arrangements for any payment other than—
(a)the payment of any council tax instalment;
[F3(b) the payment of any council water charge; or]
(c)the payment of any council tax benefit in pursuance of Part VII of the M2Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.
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