HC Deb 05 December 1975 vol 901 cc750-1W
Mr. Stephen Ross

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that local authorities' housing management costs are at a satisfactory level; what is the average percentage of rent revenue represented by housing management costs; and whether his Department has offered any advice to local authorities on ways of reducing housing management costs.

Mr. Armstrong

Housing management costs vary widely between authorities and are affected by many factors, such as age and type of the housing stock. It is difficult, therefore, to form a judgment about the appropriate level of expenditure. Currently, it is estimated that in England the average percentage of re-bated rent revenue represented by housing management costs is 28 per cent.

No comprehensive advice has yet been given about ways in which local authorities might reduce management costs.