HC Deb 24 June 1977 vol 933 cc630-1W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing the level of income at which rent and rate rebates are phased out for a married couple with two children, as a percentage of average male manual earnings, and in each year since commencement of these schemes, assuming rent and rates at the average for local authority dwellings in each year.

Mr. Armstrong

Following is the available information:

Rent Rebates: Income at which a married couple, paying average rent, with two dependent children, become ineligible for a Rent Rebate, England and Wales: October 1973–76.

Income: £ per week
1973 38.63
1974 43.64
1975 49.20
1976 55.30

Percentage of average male manual earnings (UK) 1973, 94. 1974, 90. 1975, 83. 1976, 83.

These estimates assume the operation of the standard scheme, with no discretionary allowances given by the local authority, that the family has no non-dependents, and that all income is earned by the husband.

Male manual earnings relate to the United Kingdom, average unrebated local authority rents, used in the calculation, to England and Wales only.

No comparable estimates for the rate rebate scheme can be given because no information is available about average rate payments on local authority dwellings.