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Local Government Act 2003

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Chapter 2Other grants etc

34Best value grant: parishes

(1)The following are best value authorities for the purposes of this section—

(a)a parish council subject to any of the duties in sections 3 to 6 of the Local Government Act 1999 (best value duties), and

(b)a parish meeting subject to any of those duties.

(2)For each financial year, the Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, pay grants in accordance with this section to best value authorities towards expenditure incurred or to be incurred by them in connection with any of the requirements of Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1999 (best value).

(3)The power under subsection (2) shall be exercisable by the making of a determination stating in relation to each best value authority the amount of grant, if any, which the Secretary of State intends to make to it for each year to which the determination relates.

(4)A determination under this section may include provision for grant paid pursuant to the determination to be subject to specified conditions.

(5)The conditions which may be included under subsection (4) shall be such as the Secretary of State thinks fit and may, in particular, make provision about—

(a)the supply of information,

(b)the use of grant, or

(c)the repayment of grant in specified circumstances.

(6)A determination under this section—

(a)may make different provision for different cases or areas;

(b)may be made before, during or after the end of a financial year to which it relates;

(c)may be revoked or varied by a subsequent determination.

(7)The power under subsection (6)(a) includes, in particular, the power to make different provision for different best value authorities or descriptions of authority (including descriptions framed by reference to authorities in particular areas).

(8)Grant due to a best value authority in accordance with a determination under this section shall be payable at such time, or in such instalments and at such times, as the Secretary of State may think fit.

(9)A grant made under this section to a parish meeting shall be paid to the parish trustees for the parish in question.

35Best value grant: communities

(1)For the purposes of this section a best value authority is a community council subject to any of the duties in sections 3 to 6 of the Local Government Act 1999 (c. 27).

(2)For each financial year, the National Assembly for Wales may pay grants in accordance with this section to best value authorities towards expenditure incurred or to be incurred by them in connection with any of the requirements of Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1999.

(3)The power under subsection (2) shall be exercisable by the making of a determination stating in relation to each best value authority the amount of grant, if any, which the Assembly intends to make to it for each year to which the determination relates.

(4)A determination under this section may include provision for grant paid pursuant to the determination to be subject to specified conditions.

(5)The conditions which may be included under subsection (4) shall be such as the Assembly thinks fit and may, in particular, make provision about—

(a)the supply of information,

(b)the use of grant, or

(c)the repayment of grant in specified circumstances.

(6)A determination under this section—

(a)may make different provision for different cases or areas;

(b)may be made before, during or after the end of a financial year to which it relates;

(c)may be revoked or varied by a subsequent determination.

(7)The power under subsection (6)(a) includes, in particular, the power to make different provision for different best value authorities or descriptions of authority (including descriptions framed by reference to authorities in particular areas).

(8)Grant due to a best value authority in accordance with a determination under this section shall be payable at such time, or in such instalments and at such times, as the Assembly may think fit.

36Grants in connection with designation for service excellence

(1)The appropriate person may pay any of the following to a best value authority subject to any of the duties in sections 3 to 6 of the Local Government Act 1999 (best value duties)—

(a)a grant towards expenditure incurred by the authority in applying for the award of a designation based on excellence in the provision of services, and

(b)where the authority is awarded such a designation—

(i)a grant as a reward for being awarded such a designation, and

(ii)a grant towards expenditure incurred or to be incurred by the authority in disseminating information about best practices.

(2)The amount of a grant under this section and the manner of its payment are to be such as the appropriate person may determine.

(3)A grant under this section may be paid on such conditions as the appropriate person may determine as to the circumstances in which the whole or any part of the grant must be repaid.

37Emergency financial assistance to combined fire authorities

In section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42) (emergency financial assistance to local authorities), in subsection (4) (authorities that are local authorities for the purposes of that section), after paragraph (g) there is inserted ; or

(h)a fire authority in England and Wales constituted by a combination scheme under the Fire Services Act 1947.

38Loans by Public Works Loan Commissioners

(1)The Secretary of State may, if he thinks it appropriate, make payments to the Public Works Loan Commissioners so as to reduce or extinguish such debt (whether then due or not) of a local authority in England to those Commissioners as he thinks fit.

(2)The National Assembly for Wales may, if it thinks it appropriate, make payments to the Public Works Loan Commissioners so as to reduce or extinguish such debt (whether then due or not) of a local authority in Wales to those Commissioners as the Assembly thinks fit.

(3)The amount—

(a)required to extinguish a debt, or

(b)by which a payment reduces a debt,

shall be such as may be determined by the Commissioners.

(4)The Commissioners may refuse to accept a payment which the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales proposes to make to them under this section.

(5)In this section “local authority” means—

(a)in relation to England—

(i)a district council,

(ii)a county council that is the council for a county in which there are no district councils,

(iii)a London borough council,

(iv)the Common Council of the City of London, or

(v)the Council of the Isles of Scilly; and

(b)in relation to Wales, a county council or a county borough council.

39Payments towards local authority indebtedness

(1)The Secretary of State may, if he thinks it appropriate, make payments to a local authority in England for application by the authority in reducing or extinguishing such debt (whether then due or not) of the authority as he thinks fit.

(2)The National Assembly for Wales may, if it thinks it appropriate, make payments to a local authority in Wales for application by the authority in reducing or extinguishing such debt (whether then due or not) of the authority as the Assembly thinks fit.

(3)The person making payments to a local authority under this section may specify how the payments are to be applied by the authority and may in particular specify—

(a)the debt or debts to be extinguished, or

(b)the debt or debts to be reduced.

(4)A payment under this section may be made subject to conditions imposed by the person making the payment.

(5)The conditions that may be imposed under subsection (4) include (in particular) conditions relating to the repayment in specified circumstances of all or part of the payment.

(6)Payments made to a local authority under this section may not be applied in reducing or extinguishing any debt of the authority to the Public Works Loan Commissioners.

(7)In this section “local authority” means—

(a)in relation to England—

(i)a district council,

(ii)a county council that is the council for a county in which there are no district councils,

(iii)a London borough council,

(iv)the Common Council of the City of London, or

(v)the Council of the Isles of Scilly; and

(b)in relation to Wales, a county council or a county borough council.

40Local government finance reports: Wales

(1)Schedule 2 (which makes provision for enabling the National Assembly for Wales to make two local government finance reports for a year, one dealing with police authorities and one dealing with other authorities and bodies) has effect.

(2)This section applies in relation to the financial year beginning on 1st April 2004 and subsequent financial years.

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