Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Local Government. The Business Committee has referred the Bill to the Local Government and Housing Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The Bill proposes in respect of the non-domestic rates system:

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>>>increasing the frequency of revaluations to three-yearly, and a power for the Welsh Ministers to amend the revaluation year and interval between revaluation years through regulations;

>>>conferring regulation-making powers on the Welsh Ministers to confer, vary or withdraw reliefs;

>>>strengthening the eligibility conditions for charitable relief for unoccupied hereditaments;

>>>expanding the definition of a new building for the purpose of the serving of completion notices by local authorities;

>>>removing a timing restriction on the awarding and varying of discretionary relief by local authorities;

>>>conferring regulation-making powers on the Welsh Ministers to confer, vary or withdraw exemptions;

>>>conferring a regulation-making power on the Welsh Ministers to set differential multipliers based on the description, rateable value or location of a hereditament on the local list, or the rateable value of a hereditament on the central list;

>>>placing a duty on ratepayers to provide certain types of information to the Valuation Office Agency, and making provision for the associated compliance regime; and

>>>making provision about counteracting advantages arising from artificial avoidance arrangements.

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And in respect of the council tax system the Bill proposes:

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>>>providing flexibility for the reference point for 100% in the banding structure to be changed to a different band or a different description of a band;

>>>conferring powers on the Welsh Ministers to make regulations in respect of discounts and persons to be disregarded;

>>>placing a duty on the Welsh Ministers to make a single national Council Tax Reduction Scheme through regulations and enabling the Welsh Ministers to issue guidance to local authorities about the way the scheme should be applied;

>>>establishing a five-yearly cycle of revaluations, and a power for the Welsh Ministers to amend the revaluation year and interval between revaluations, as well as to amend the date of draft list publication via order; and

>>>replacing the current requirement to publish information in newspapers with a requirement to publish a notice of the council tax charges on the local authority’s website and put suitable alternative arrangements in place to ensure that such information is accessible to citizens who have difficulty accessing online facilities.

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Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 348KB)

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1.9MB)

 

 

Current Stage

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The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Senedd Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

On 20 February 2024, the Business Committee agreed to (PDF 47KB) extend the deadline for Stage 2 proceedings to 14 June 2024.

 

 

Record of Passage in the Welsh Parliament

 

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the Senedd.

 

 

¬¬¬Stage 1 (Current)

 

 

Committee dates

The Local Government and Housing Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of the meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

22 November 2023

Consideration of approach to Stage 1 scrutiny (Private)

n/a

n/a

13 December 2023

Evidence session with the Minister for Finance and Local Government

Transcript

View meeting

25 January 2024

 

Evidence sessions with stakeholders

Transcript

View meeting

31 January 2024

Evidence sessions with stakeholders

Transcript

View meeting

7 February 2024

Evidence session with the Minister for Finance and Local Government

Transcript

View meeting

29 February 2024

 

 

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

11 December 2023

Evidence session with the Minister for Finance and Local Government

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

7 February 2024

Evidence session with the Minister for Finance and Local Government

Transcript

Senedd.tv

 

 

 

 

 

 

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¬¬¬Bill introduced (20 November 2023)

 

Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 348KB)

 

Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1.9MB)

 

Written Statement: Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 20 November 2023 (PDF 133KB)

 

Statement of Policy Intent for Subordinate Legislation (PDF 183KB)

 

Business Committee – Timetable for consideration: The Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill (PDF 22KB)

 

 

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Contact information

Clerk: Rachael Davies

Phone: 0300 200 6194

 

Postal address:

Welsh Parliament

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff     CF99 1SN

 

e-mail: seneddhousing@senedd.wales

 

 

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 20/11/2023

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