Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Act 2019

Document Number:2019 CHAPTER 13
 
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An Act to make provision about the regional rate in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2020; and amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

Be it enacted by the Queen’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:—

Regional rates

1 Regional rates

(1) This section applies in respect of the year ending 31 March 2020.

(2) The regional rate to be levied on the rateable net annual values of hereditaments is to be 34.01 pence in the pound.

(3) The regional rate to be levied on the rateable capital values of hereditaments is to be 0.4574 pence in the pound.

(4) A rate specified in subsection (2) or (3) may be varied by an order made by the Department under Article 7(1) of the Rates Order.

(5) An order made by virtue of subsection (4)—

(a) may be made only after the first occasion on which all the Ministerial offices are filled after the passing of this Act, but

(b) may set the rate in respect of the whole of the year for which it is made.

(6) In this section—

“the Ministerial offices” means—

the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister, and

the Ministerial offices to be held by Northern Ireland Ministers (within the meaning of the Northern Ireland Act 1998);

“the Rates Order” means the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (S.I. 1977/2157 (N.I. 28));

and any expression used in this section and in the Rates Order has the meaning given by that Order.

Renewable heat incentive scheme

2 Introductory

(1) The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (S.R. (NI) 2012 No. 396) (“the 2012 Regulations”) are amended in accordance with sections 3 and 4.

(2) Nothing in those sections affects the power to make regulations under section 113 of the Energy Act 2011 amending or revoking any provision amended or inserted by those sections.

3 Tariffs for periodic support payments

(1) In regulation 36(3) for “(7 B)” substitute “(7 C)”.

(2) In regulation 36(5)—

(a) for “(7 B)” substitute “(7 C)”;

(b) for “or 4” substitute “, 4 or 5”.

(3) In regulation 36(6) for “(7 B)” substitute “(7 C)”.

(4) In regulation 36(7) after “(7 B)” insert “or (7 C)”.

(5) In regulation 36(7 A) after “accredited on or after 18 th November 2015” insert “, other than installations to which paragraph (7 C) applies”.

(6) In regulation 36 after paragraph (7 B) insert—

“(7 C) The tariffs for installations (whether...

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