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Local Government Finance Act 2012

Part 5: Principal payments in connection with local retention of non-domestic rates

74.Paragraph 12 requires the local government finance report for a year to specify the basis on which the Secretary of State intends to calculate which relevant authorities will make payments to and which relevant authorities will receive payments from the Secretary of State and calculate the amounts of each payment to or from relevant authorities. Before making such a report, the Secretary of State must notify local government representatives of the general nature of the basis of calculation.

75.Following House of Commons approval of a local government finance report, paragraph 13 requires the Secretary of State to calculate the payments that are to be made and received by relevant authorities. Relevant authorities must be notified of the calculations as soon as practicable after they have been made. The Secretary of State may revise the calculations by making one further set of the calculations and may do this at any time before the end of the year following the year to which the report relates provided an amending report has not since been approved by the House of Commons.

76.Paragraph 14 places a duty on relevant authorities and the Secretary of State to make payments required of them following the local government finance report and makes provision about how payments are to be made.

77.Paragraph 15 provides for the Secretary of State to make reports amending the basis of calculation specified in the local government finance report for a year at any time before the end of the year following the year to which the report relates. Notification and laying arrangements are as for a local government finance report prepared under paragraph 5. Paragraph 16 provides for the Secretary of State, following approval of an amending report, to make the necessary calculations and for a revised set of calculations to be made if needed and to notify each relevant authority of the outcome. Paragraph 17 sets out the provision for the making of payments following an amending report. Any payments following an amending report must take place after the end of the year in which the amending report is made. Paragraph 18 has the effect of making the provisions in this Part subject to Parts 9 (pooling of authorities) and 10 (designation of areas and classes of hereditament) of the Schedule.

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