The Local Government Reorganisation (Wales) (Council Tax Reduction Scheme) Regulations 1997

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Published: 1997-02-12

Statutory Instruments
1997 No. 261

COUNCIL TAX, ENGLAND AND WALES
WALES
The Local Government Reorganisation (Wales) (Council Tax Reduction Scheme) Regulations 1997

Made
12th February 1997

Laid before Parliament
14th February 1997

Coming into force
11th March 1997

The Secretary of State for Wales, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 13 and 113(1) and (2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992(1) and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government Reorganisation (Wales) (Council Tax Reduction Scheme) Regulations 1997 and shall come into force on 11th March 1997.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the Act” means the Local Government Finance Act 1992;

“the 1994 Act” means the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994(2);

“the Benefit Regulations” means the Council Tax Benefit (General) Regulations 1992(3);

“billing authority” means a Welsh billing authority;

“chargeable dwelling” means a chargeable dwelling in Wales;

“county” means a county in Wales established under the 1994 Act;

“county borough” means a county borough in Wales established under the 1994 Act;

“the transferred parts of Ewenny” means those parts of the community of Ewenny in the county borough of The Vale of Glamorgan transferred to the communities of Bridgend and Coychurch Lower in the county borough of Bridgend by the Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan (Areas) Order 1996(4);

“the transferred part of Llangan” means that part of the community of Llangan in the county borough of The Vale of Glamorgan transferred to the community of Coychurch Lower in the county borough of Bridgend by the Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan (Areas) Order 1996;

“Llangollen” means the community of Llangollen in the county of Denbighshire; and

“section 10”, “section 11” and “section 12” mean section 10 of the Act, section 11 of the Act and section 12 of the Act, respectively.

(2) Subject to regulation 3, in these Regulations “community area” means—

(a)except in relation to Llangollen, an area which is co-extensive with the area, as at 1st January 1997, of a community,

(b)in relation to Llangollen, the area of that community as altered by the Denbighshire and Wrexham (Areas) Order 1996(5),

and a community area identified in the Schedule to these Regulations by the name of a community in a county or county borough means the area which is co-extensive with the area of that community on 1st January 1997 or, in the case of Llangollen, 1st April 1997.

(3) In these Regulations, in relation to an amount a person is liable to pay in respect of council tax—

“the appropriate reduction” means the amount (if any) prescribed in the Schedule to these Regulations in relation to the relevant community area and the relevant valuation band;

“the relevant community area” means the community area in which the relevant chargeable dwelling is situated; and

“the relevant chargeable dwelling” means the chargeable dwelling in respect of which the person is liable to pay the amount.

(4) In these Regulations, in relation to an amount a person is liable to pay in respect of council tax, any reference to the relevant valuation band is a reference to the valuation band shown as applicable to the relevant chargeable dwelling in the billing authority’s valuation list.

(5) Any reference in these Regulations to a person who is liable to pay to a billing authority, in respect of a particular dwelling, an amount in respect of council tax (whether his liability is sole, or joint and several), includes, unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to a person who in the opinion of the authority will be so liable; and references to the amount which a person is liable to pay shall be construed accordingly.

Application to areas transferred by boundary orders

3.  These Regulations shall apply to the transferred parts of Ewenny and the transferred part of Llangan as if those parts were community areas in the county borough of Bridgend.

Calculation of amount payable

4.—(1) Where—

(a)a person is liable to pay an amount (“the amount”) to a billing authority in respect of council tax for a day in the financial year beginning on 1st April 1997,

(b)the amount is determined under section 10, and

(c)the relevant chargeable dwelling is situated in a community area named in the Schedule to these Regulations,

the amount shall be reduced by deducting from it an amount calculated in accordance with the formula—

where—

R is the appropriate reduction;

D is the number of days in the financial year beginning on 1st April 1997.

(2) If the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a) above is determined under section 10 read with section 11 or section 12, the deduction required by paragraph (1) above shall be made from the original amount.

(3) In paragraph (2) above “the original amount” is the amount which would be determined under section 10 read without section 11 and section 12.

(4) Where a determination awarding council tax benefit under the Benefit Regulations is effective as regards the chargeable dwelling and a day in respect of which a person is liable to pay the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a) above in respect of that dwelling for that day, the amount which he is so liable to pay shall be—

(a)the amount ascertained in accordance with paragraph (1), or paragraphs (1) and (2) above, as the case may be, for that day

(b)less the amount of his council tax benefit for that day.

Appeals

5.—(1) Where a billing authority makes a decision relating to the application or operation of these Regulations in relation to an individual, the authority shall, if requested in writing by the person so affected, provide him with a written statement of its decision and the reason for it; and any such statement shall be sent within 14 days from the date on which it is requested or as soon as is reasonably practicable thereafter.

(2) No appeal may be made to a valuation tribunal in respect of any decision of a billing authority relating solely to the application or operation of these Regulations; but a person aggrieved by such a decision may appeal to a review board appointed by the billing authority and constituted as mentioned in regulation 70(3) of the Benefit Regulations.

Notice of appeal

6.  An appellant shall give notice of appeal under these Regulations in writing to the billing authority within 4 weeks of the date on which the statement referred to in regulation 5(1) above is sent by the billing authority to the appellant.

Procedure for appeals

7.—(1) Regulations 71(2) to (9) and 72(4) and (5) of the Benefit Regulations shall apply with the necessary modifications for the purposes of an appeal under these Regulations as they apply for the purposes of a further review.

(2) A billing authority shall comply with any decision of its review board.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Wales

Gwilym Jones
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office
12th February 1997

Regulations 2, 3 and 4

SCHEDULEPRESCRIBED AMOUNTS OF REDUCTION

Amount prescribed (appropriate reduction) (£) Valuation band:

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

Community area(s)#

In the county borough of
BLAENAU GWENT:

Abertillery
137.37
160.27
183.16
206.06
251.85
297.64
343.43
412.12

Beaufort
Brynmawr
Cwm
Ebbw Vale
Llanhilleth
Nantyglo and Blaina
Tredegar
In the county borough of
BRIDGEND:

the transferred parts of Ewenny
38.07
44.42
50.76
57.11
69.80
82.49
95.18
114.22

the transferred part of Llangan
In the county borough of
CAERPHILLY:

Abercarn
41.74
48.70
55.65
62.61
76.52
90.44
104.35
125.22

Argoed
Blackwood
Cefn Fforest
Crosskeys
Crumlin
Newbridge
Pengam
Penmaen
Pontllanfraith
Risca
Ynysddu
In the county of CARDIFF:

Adamsdown
7.15
8.35
9.54
10.73
13.11
15.50
17.88
21.46

Butetown
Caerau
Canton
Castle
Cathays
Cyncoed
Ely
Fairwater
Gabalfa
Grangetown
Heath
Lisvane
Llandaff
Llandaff North
Llanishen
Llanrumney
Old St Mellons
Pentwyn
Plasnewydd
Pontprennau
Radyr
Rhiwbina
Riverside
Roath
Rumney

St. Fagans

Splott
Tongwynlais
Trowbridge
Whitchurch
In the county of CEREDIGION:

Aberaeron
42.56
49.65
56.75
63.84
78.03
92.21
106.40
127.68

Aberporth
Aberystwyth
Beulah
Blaenrheidol
Borth
Cardigan
Ceulanamaesmawr
Ciliau Aeron
Dyffryn Arth
Faenor
Geneu’r Glyn
Henfynyw
Lampeter
Llanarth
Llanbadarn Fawr
Llanddewi Brefi
Llandyfriog
Llandysiliogogo
Llandysul
Llanfair Clydogau
Llanfarian
Llanfihangel Ystrad
Llangeitho
Llangoedmor
Llangrannog
Llangwyryfon
Llangybi
Llangynfelyn
Llanilar
Llanllwchaiarn
Llanrhystyd
Llansantffraid
Llanwenog
Llanwnnen
Lledrod
Melindwr
Nantcwnlle
New Quay
Penbryn
Pontarfynach
Tirymynach
Trawsgoed
Trefeurig
Tregaron
Troedyraur
Y Ferwig
Ysbyty Ystwyth
Ysgubor-y-coed
Ystrad Fflur
Ystrad Meurig
In the county of DENBIGHSHIRE:

Cefnmeiriadog
7.98
9.31
10.64
11.97
14.63
17.29
19.95
23.94

Trefnant

In the county of DENBIGHSHIRE:

Aberwheeler
17.55
20.47
23.40
26.32
32.17
38.02
43.87
52.64

Betws Gwerfil Goch
Bryneglwys
Clocaenog
Corwen
Cyffylliog
Cynwyd
Denbigh
Derwen
Efenechtyd
Gwyddelwern
Henllan
Llanarmon-yn-lal
Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd
Llandegla
Llandrillo
Llandyrnog
Llanelidan
Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd
Llanferres
Llangollen
Llangynhafal
Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch
Llantysilio
Llanynys
Nantglyn
Ruthin
In the county of DENBIGHSHIRE:

Bodelwyddan
9.47
11.05
12.63
14.21
17.37
20.53
23.68
28.42

Bodfari
Cwm
Dyserth
Prestatyn
Rhuddlan
Rhyl
St. Asaph
Tremeirchion
Waen
In the county borough of MERTHYR TYDFIL:

Bedlinog
14.92
17.41
19.89
22.38
27.35
32.33
37.30
44.76

Cyfarthfa
Dowlais
Gurnos
Merthyr Vale
Pant
Park
Penydarren
Town
Treharris
Troed-y-rhiw
Vaynor
In the county borough of NEATH PORT TALBOT:

Cilybebyll
40.65
47.42
54.20
60.97
74.52
88.07
101.62
121.94

Cwmllynfell
Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen
Pontardawe
Ystalyfera
In the county borough of NEATH PORT TALBOT:

Blaengwrach
23.15
27.00
30.86
34.72
42.44
50.15
57.87
69.44

Blaenhonddan
Briton Ferry
Clyne
Coedffranc
Crynant
Dyffryn Clydach
Glynneath
Neath
Onllwyn
Pelenna
Resolven
Seven Sisters
Tonna
In the county borough of NEATH PORT TALBOT:

Aberavon
24.14
28.16
32.19
36.21
44.26
52.30
60.35
72.42

Baglan
Baglan Bay
Bryn
Cwmavon
Glyncorrwg
Margam
Margam Moors
Port Talbot
Sandfields East
Sandfields West
Tai Bach
In the county borough of RHONDDA, CYNON, TAFF:

Aberaman
51.57
60.17
68.76
77.36
94.55
111.74
128.93
154.72

Abercynon
Aberdare
Cwmbach
Hirwaun
Llwydcoed
Mountain Ash
Penrhiwceiber
Pen-y-waun
Rhigos
Ynysybwl
In the county borough of RHONDDA, CYNON, TAFF:

Cwm Clydach
40.56
47.32
54.08
60.84
74.36
87.88
101.40
121.68

Cymmer
Ferndale
Llwyn-y-pia
Maerdy
Pentre
Pen-y-graig
Porth
Tonypandy
Trealaw
Trehafod
Treherbert
Treorchy
Tylorstown
Ynyshir
Ystrad
In the county borough of RHONDDA, CYNON, TAFF:

Gilfach Goch
62.48
72.89
83.31
93.72
114.55
135.37
156.20
187.44

Llanharan
Llanharry
Llantrisant
Llantwit Fardre
Pont-y-clun
Pontypridd
Taffs Well
Tonyrefail

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations set out a scheme for reducing the liability of certain individuals in Wales to pay council tax for the financial year beginning 1st April 1997.
Regulation 4 provides for the reduction of a person’s liability to be determined by reference to the appropriate reduction, if any, for the community area and the relevant valuation band for the chargeable dwelling.
Regulations 5 to 7 provide for appeals regarding the application or operation of these Regulations by billing authorities.
The Schedule lists the community areas in relation to which a reduction is prescribed, together with the appropriate reduction for each council tax valuation band.


(1)
1992 c. 14; see section 116(1) for the definition of prescribed.

(2)
1994 c. 19.

(3)
S.I. 1992/1814; to which amendments have been made which are not relevant to these Regulations.

(4)
S.I. 1996/2915.

(5)
S.I. 1996/2914.
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