HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 c659W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to permit local authorities to raise the grant levels from £5,000 to £7,000 in housing action areas, full improvement grant areas, and general improvement grant areas.

Mr. Stanley

Under present legislation the eligible expense limits for improvement grants are set on a national basis by the Secretary of State. There are no present plans for a general increase but we recognise the problem of high costs in some areas, particularly housing action areas, and are considering changes to the present rigid system of national limits.