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Local Government Finance Act 2012

Part 8: Transitional protection payments

85.Section 57A of the LGFA 1988 requires the Secretary of State to put in place a transitional relief scheme to protect ratepayers from large increases in their rates bills as a result of revaluation. Paragraphs 32 and 33 enable the effects of this transitional relief scheme to be taken account of in the rates retention scheme through separate financial adjustments in regulations under paragraphs 32 and 33.

86.Paragraph 32 therefore enables the Secretary of State to make regulations about the calculation of the amounts that would be payable to billing authorities were a transitional relief scheme not in place. The making of any transitional protection payment by the Secretary of State to a billing authority, or by a billing authority to the Secretary of State as appropriate following calculations under paragraph 32 may be set out in regulations under paragraph 33.

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