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Local Government Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, will

be published separately as HL Bill 43—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Lord Rooker has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Local Government Bill are compatible with the

Convention rights.

 
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Contents

Part 1

Capital finance etc and accounts

Chapter 1

Capital finance etc

Borrowing

      1        Power to borrow

      2        Control of borrowing

      3        Duty to determine affordable borrowing limit

      4        Imposition of borrowing limits

      5        Temporary borrowing

      6        Protection of lenders

Credit arrangements

      7        “Credit arrangements”

      8        Control of credit arrangements

Capital receipts

      9        “Capital receipt”

      10        Non-money receipts

      11        Use of capital receipts

Investment

      12        Power to invest

Miscellaneous

      13        Security for money borrowed etc

      14        Information

 
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Supplementary

      15        Guidance

      16        “Capital expenditure”

      17        External funds

      18        Local authority companies etc

      19        Application to parish and community councils

      20        Directions

Chapter 2

Accounts

      21        Accounting practices

      22        “Revenue account”

Chapter 3

General

      23        “Local authority”

      24        Wales

Part 2

Financial administration

      25        Budget calculations: report on robustness of estimates etc

      26        Minimum reserves

      27        Budget calculations: report on inadequacy of controlled reserve

      28        Budget monitoring: general

      29        Budget monitoring: Greater London Authority

      30        Authorisation of agreements during the prohibition period

Part 3

Grants etc

Chapter 1

Expenditure grant

      31        Power to pay grant

      32        Ancillary powers

      33        Application to Greater London Authority

      34        Wales

      35        Interpretation of Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Other grants etc

      36        Best value grant: parishes

      37        Best value grant: communities

      38        Grants in connection with designation for service excellence

 
 

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      39        Emergency financial assistance to combined fire authorities

      40        Loans by Public Works Loan Commissioners

      41        Payments towards local authority indebtedness

      42        Local government finance reports: Wales

Part 4

Business improvement districts

BID arrangements

      43        Arrangements with respect to business improvement districts

      44        Joint arrangements

      45        Additional contributions and action

      46        Duty to comply with arrangements

BID levy

      47        BID levy

      48        Liability for BID levy

Administration etc

      49        BID Revenue Account

      50        Administration of BID levy etc

Procedure

      51        BID proposals

      52        Approval in ballot

      53        Power of veto

      54        Appeal against veto

      55        Commencement of BID arrangements

Miscellaneous

      56        Duration of BID arrangements etc

      57        Regulations about ballots

      58        Power to make further provision

      59        Crown application

      60        Wales

      61        Interpretation of Part 4

Part 5

Non-domestic rates

      62        Submission of proposed rating lists

      63        Small business relief

      64        Calculation of non-domestic rating multiplier

      65        Rural settlement lists etc

      66        Transitional relief

      67        Rating of meters

      68        Exemptions for agricultural buildings

 
 

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      69        Exemption for places of religious worship

      70        Removal of power to prescribe rateable values

      71        Local retention of rates

      72        Adjustments for hardship relief

      73        Provision of information

      74        Interpretation of Part 5

Part 6

Council tax

Liability and amount of tax

      75        Exception of students from joint and several liability

      76        Second and empty homes: England

      77        Billing authority’s power to reduce amount of tax payable

Valuation lists and bands

      78        Statutory revaluation cycle

      79        Power to change number of valuation bands

      80        Transitional arrangements

Enforcement

      81        Amendments relating to distress

      82        Charging orders: aggregation

      83        Quashing of liability orders

Other

      84        Major precepting authorities: combined fire authorities

      85        Amendment of section 67 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992

      86        Vacant dwellings: use of information obtained for council tax purposes

      87        Repeal of section 31 of the Local Government Act 1999

Part 7

Housing finance etc

      88        Housing strategies and statements

      89        Housing Revenue Account business plans

      90        Housing Revenue Account subsidy: payment and calculation

      91        Housing Revenue Account subsidy: negative amounts

      92        Housing Revenue Accounts etc: adaptation of enactments

      93        Local housing authority houses: rents

 
 

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Part 8

Miscellaneous and general

Chapter 1

Miscellaneous

Charging and trading

      94        Power to charge for discretionary services

      95        Power to disapply section 94(1)

      96        Power to trade in function-related activities through a company

      97        Regulation of trading powers

      98        Power to modify enactments in connection with charging or trading

      99        Procedure for orders under section 98

Performance categories

      100        Categorisation of English local authorities by reference to performance

      101        Exercise of powers by reference to authorities’ performance categories

Contracting-out

      102        Staff transfer matters: general

      103        Staff transfer matters: pensions

2004 local government elections

      104        Power to change date of elections in England

      105        Power to change date of elections in Wales

Valuation Tribunal Service

      106        The Valuation Tribunal Service

      107        Transfer to Service of property, rights and liabilities

Audit Commission

      108        Auditors’ public interest reports: time allowed for consideration

      109        Auditors’ public interest reports: publicity

      110        Registered social landlords

      111        Financial year

      112        Delegation

Other

      113        Standards Board for England: delegation

      114        Standards committees and monitoring officers: delegation

      115        Paid time off for councillors not to be political donation

      116        Overview and scrutiny committees: voting rights of co-opted members

      117        Local polls

      118        Appropriate sum under section 137(4) of the Local Government Act 1972

      119        Use of fixed penalties paid for litter and dog-fouling offences

 
 

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      120        Fire brigade establishment schemes: removal of Secretary of State’s functions

      121        Repeal of prohibition on promotion of homosexuality

Chapter 2

General

      122        Orders and regulations

      123        General interpretation

      124        Application to Isles of Scilly

      125        Financial provisions

      126        Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

      127        Commencement

      128        Short title and extent

                  Schedule 1                                         Capital finance: parish and community councils and charter

trustees

                  Schedule 2                                         Welsh local government finance reports

                  Schedule 3                                         Amendment of powers exercisable in relation to local

authorities

                  Schedule 4                                         The Valuation Tribunal Service

                  Schedule 5                                         Transfer schemes: further provision

                  Schedule 6                                         Minor and consequential amendments

                  Schedule 7                                         Repeals and revocations

                  Part 1                    —                     Repeals

                  Part 2                    —                     Revocations

 
 

 
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