HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 cc103-4W
Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider making it mandatory for housing authorities to disregard war disability benefits in calculating rent and rate rebates; and if he will adjust the rate support grant accordingly.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

We do not at present propose to alter the arrangement of a mandatory disregard of the first £4 of a war disability pension backed up by discretionary powers of local authorities to give more generous assistance.

Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many householders are receiving rate rebates in the Walsall borough; and what was the average rate rebate given in the borough.

Mr. King

In 1977–78, the latest year for which we have information, 13,786 householders in Walsall received rate rebates and the average rebate given was £63.47 a year. The rating authority may have more up to date figures.

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