§ Mr. George Rodgers
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities with responsibility for housing have declared rent increases in excess of the recommended figure of 60p per week for 1975–76.
§ Mr. Freeson
I presume my hon. friend is referring to rent increases for 1976–77, not 1975–76. As 60p a week is the recommended national average, a number of authorities may decide on increases which exceed this. So far, I know of 16 authorities which are making average increases in excess of 80p a week; 75 making increases between 61p and 80p a week; 49 making increases of 60p; 50 making increases below 60p: and four making no increases.