HC Deb 14 November 1979 vol 973 cc660-1W
68. Mr. Parris

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how the real value of the new levels of rent rebates and allowances announced in September compare with their value when the system began in 1972.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The needs allowances for rent rebate and rent allowance purposes are being generally increased this week. For people in work, the accompanying introduction of a £5 earnings disregard restores effectively the value of rebates and allowances to their 1972 level.