These Regulations amend the Local Government (Rate Product) (Scotland) Regulations 1985 ("the principal Regulations") which provide the method of calculation of the product of a rate of one penny in the pound by local authorities in Scotland for the purpose of distribution of Government grants.
At present under the principal Regulations, where a local authority grants any reduction or remission of rates payable by charitable or other organisations under section 4 of the Local Government (Financial Provisions etc.) (Scotland) Act 1962 (c. 9) ("the 1962 Act"), the whole amount of the reduction or remission is included in the deductions made from the local authority's "gross rate income" to arrive at the authority's "net rate income". The calculation of a local authority's product of a rate of one penny in the pound is based on its net income.
These Amendment Regulations provide that the deductions made under the principal Regulations to arrive at the net rate income of a local authority, for the year 1988-89, shall be reduced by the amount set out in respect of that authority's area in column 2 of Table II of Appendix E to the Report to the Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (No 3) Order 1987 ("the 1987 Order"). That Table sets out the Secretary of State's estimate of the amount of any reduction or remission of rates in respect of certain recreational clubs which is to be granted by local authorities under section 4(5)(c) of the 1962 Act. These amounts have been taken into account by the Secretary of State in apportioning part of the needs element of rate support grants for the year 1988-89 to local authorities in terms of article 3(1) to the 1987 Order. Local authorities will therefore receive an amount of needs element of rate support grant in respect of these amounts and consequently there will be no loss of income which requires to be taken into account in the calculation of their net rate income under the principal Regulations.
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 1973 c. 65; section 111(1)(f) was added by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1981 (c. 23), Schedule 3, paragraph 27, and section 111(1) was amended by the Local Government and Planning (Scotland) Act 1982 (c. 43), Schedule 3, paragraph 20, and by S.I. 1983/1074
 1963 c. 12; section 9(1) was amended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Schedule 9, paragraph 54(a).
 S.I. 1985/246, as amended by S.I. 1986/407
 S.I. 1987/2279; the Report was laid before the House of Commons on 11th December 1987.
 1962 c. 9
 1966 c. 51; paragraph 2A of Part I of Schedule 1 was added by the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987 (c. 47), section 27.