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Local Government Act 2003

Section 39: Payments towards local authority indebtedness

74.It is also possible that in future, authorities with non-PWLC housing debts may wish to transfer housing in circumstances where the receipt from the transfer would be less than their housing debt, so that there will be an element of non-PWLC overhanging debt.

75.Section 39 will enable the Secretary of State and the National Assembly for Wales to make payments to local authorities to enable them to repay their non-PWLC debts. The types of authorities who may receive such payments are defined in section 39, and are the same as those whose PWLC debts may be repaid under section 38.

76.Under section 39, the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales may specify how payments made to a local authority under this section are to be applied by the authority, and may specify which debt or debts are to be reduced or extinguished.

77.Any premium payable on the early repayment of such loans may be included as part of the amount paid under section 39 by the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales to the authorities to extinguish their non-PWLC debts.

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