Local Government (Financial Provisions) Act 1937

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1937 c. 22


Local Government (Financial Provisions) Act, 1937

(1 Edw. 8 & 1 Geo. 6.) CHAPTER 22.

An Act to amend Part VI of the Local Government Act, 1929; and to repeal section forty-five of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, and the proviso to paragraph (c ) of subsection (2) of section nine of the Rating and Valuation Act, 1925.

[25th March 1937]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Amount of General Exchequer Contributions in respect of third and subsequent fixed grant periods.

1 Amount of General Exchequer Contributions in respect of third and subsequent fixed grant periods.

(1) The amount of the General Exchequer Contribution to be paid under section eighty-six of the Local Government Act, 1929 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the principal Act’) in respect of each year in the third fixed grant period shall be the sum of forty-six million, one hundred and seventy-two thousand pounds, and in respect of each year of every following fixed grant period such amount as Parliament may hereafter determine with respect to the fixed grant period, so, however, that the General Exchequer Contribution for the fourth or any subsequent fixed grant period, exclusive of any increase made therein in pursuance of section four of the Midwives Act, 1936 , shall be of an amount bearing to the total amount of rate and grant borne expenditure in the penultimate year of the preceding fixed grant period a proportion not less than twenty-two and one-half per cent.

(2) In this section—

(a ) the expression ‘rate and grant borne expenditure’ means the local expenditure which fell to be borne by rates and by grants made under Part VI of the principal Act out of the General Exchequer Contribution; and

(b ) if as respects any fixed grant period the Minister certifies that the amount of rate and grant borne expenditure in the penultimate year of that fixed grant period was abnormally increased by reason of any emergency involving the issue of a proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act, 1920 , there shall be deemed to be substituted for the reference to the penultimate year of the preceding fixed grant period a reference to the last year preceding the said penultimate year in which no such abnormal expenditure was incurred.

(3) Section forty-five of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934 (which provides for contributions being made by local authorities to the Unemployment Assistance Fund) shall cease to have effect.

S-2 Amendment of rules for determining weighted population.

2 Amendment of rules for determining weighted population.

2. The principal Act shall have effect as if for the provisions contained in Part III of the Fourth Schedule to that Act (which contains rules for determining weighted population) there were substituted the provisions set out in the First Schedule to this Act.

S-3 Provision as to deficiencies in county apportionments.

3 Provision as to deficiencies in county apportionments.

(1) If in the case of any county the county apportionment in any year is less than the amount required to be set aside for the councils of districts in accordance with the provisions of section eighty-nine of the principal Act, the council of the county shall, in such manner and at such times as the Minister may direct, contribute towards making good the deficiency either—

(a ) a sum equal to one-half of the amount of the deficiency; or

(b ) a sum equal to the product of a rate of one penny in the pound in the first year of the fixed grant period in which the deficiency occurs,

whichever is the less, and the remainder shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament.

Any sum so paid out of moneys provided by Parliament shall be treated as part of the county apportionment.

(2) In this section the expression ‘product of a rate of one penny in the pound’ means, in relation to a county, the aggregate of the products of a penny rate (calculated in accordance with rules made under section nine of the Rating and Valuation Act, 1925 ) in each of the rating areas in the county.

S-4 Amendment as to reduction in Additional Exchequer Grants.

4 Amendment as to reduction in Additional Exchequer Grants.

4. In determining in accordance with paragraph (b ) of subsection (3) of section ninety of the principal Act any reduction to be made in the standard sum required to be ascertained for the purposes of calculating the Additional Exchequer Grants payable to counties and county boroughs, the weighted population of the county or county borough shall be adjusted as follows:—

a ) that for the first fixed grant period shall be determined in accordance with the rules set out in the First Schedule to this Act
b ) that for the fixed grant period in question shall be increased by a figure equal to two and a half per cent. of the weighed population for the first fixed grant period determined as aforesaid
S-5 Compensation for losses on account of special and parish rates during third fixed grant period.

5 Compensation for losses on account of special and parish rates during third fixed grant period.

5. Paragraph (b ) of subsection (1) of section ninety-two of the principal Act (which determines the sums payable to district councils by county councils during the first and second fixed grant periods in respect of losses on account of special or parish rates) shall have effect as if for the words ‘first and second fixed grant periods a sum equal to’ there were therein substituted the words ‘third fixed grant period a sum not less than’.

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