HC Deb 26 July 1971 vol 822 cc41-2W
Mr. Dunnett

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will withdraw the housing subsidy payable in respect of the Nottingham Corporation's development at the New Victoria Centre, in view of the Corporation's decision to let its flats there at rents not related to the proposed tenants' incomes.

Mr. Amery

These dwellings have been approved in principle for subsidy purposes, but subsidy does not become payable until they are completed. The decision whether to make tenants of the dwellings eligible for rebates under their present rent rebate scheme is entirely at

tenant's wife is not working, and family allowances have been included as part of the income where appropriate.

the discretion of the Council: my right hon. Friend would not withhold existing housing subsidies simply because tenants of the subsidised dwellings were not eligible for rent rebates. But under our proposals for the reform of housing finance set out in the White Paper Fair Deal for Housing (Cmd. 4728) councils will be required to grant rent rebates to any qualifying tenants not later than October, 1972.

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