HC Deb 27 February 1969 vol 778 cc361-2W
Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what was the amount of grant received by the Whitehaven Borough Council, the Ennerdale Rural District Council and the Millom Rural District Council in respect of those claiming relief because of low incomes for 1962 to 1964 and 1966 to 1968.

Mr. Skeffington

No grants were payable towards relief to ratepayers with low incomes in 1962–63 and 1963–64.

The Rating (Interim Relief) Act, 1964, enabled rating authorities to afford relief to individual householders suffering hardship because of rate increases after 1962–63

and 1966 to 1968; and what is the proposed amount for these areas in 1969–70.

Mr. Skeffington

The latest estimates of rate support grants for the years 1967–68 to 1969–70 and the amounts of the corresponding grants for 1962–63 and 1966–67 are as follows:

63, and provided for a Government grant of 50 per cent. of the amount of relief given. In 1964–65 Whitehaven Borough and Ennerdale Rural District gave relief under the Act and received grants of £5 and £3 13s. 9d. respectively. No such relief was given by these authorities in the years 1966–67 and 1967–68 and, therefore, no grant was payable.

The Rating Act, 1966, provided for rate rebates for domestic ratepayers with low incomes, and for Exchequer grants of 75 per cent. of the total amount of the rebates afforded. The amounts of grant payable to the authorities concerned are as follows:—

1966–67 1967–68
£ £
Whitehaven Borough 6,494 6,054
Ennerdale Rural District 4,325 4,155
Millom Rural District 2,084 1,622