HC Deb 17 October 1975 vol 897 c824W
Mrs. Winifred Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the housing local authorities which have in England and Wales given rebates to certain council tenants on rents which they have not paid; and if he will explain the policy which enabled such payments to be made in such circumstances.

Mr. Freeson

A rent rebate is calculated on the basis of a tenant's established needs and resources in relation to the rent chargeable. The assessed rebate is deducted from the rent chargeable and the remainder of the rent is payable by the tenant. Accordingly, although a tenant's entitlement to a rebate is not dependent on the payment of rent, no cash payment is in fact made by a housing authority to a tenant in respect of the rebate.