§ Mr. Peter Walker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is his intention to provide 100 per cent. Government grant for rent rebates resulting from the deferment of the 50p rent increase in April.
§ Mr. Crosland
Up to 80 per cent. of a local authority's shortfall of rent income resulting from the rent freeze will be borne automatically by housing subsidies from central Government funds. The precise amount of assistance for any individual authority will depend upon its170W entitlement to housing subsidies and the state of its housing revenue account. We are considering whether we should make any special provision in respect of the balance.