§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will issue a circular to local authorities advising them to impose a stricter limitation on rent arreas; and what data he receives on a regular basis from local authorities on this matter.
§ Mr. Armstrong
The Department will consider, as part of the review of housing management practice, what advice should752W be given to local authorities on rent arrears.
A total figure for arreas is collected as part of the financial information provided annually by individual housing authorities same four or five months after the end of each financial year.