§ Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much of local authorities' housing budgets are used to run (a) a rent collection service, (b) a repairs and maintenance service, and (c) a rent rebate service.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
During the financial year 1978–79 it is estimated that, in local authorities' housing revenue accounts in England and Wales:
- (a) £70 million was spent on rent collection and accounting—excluding the cost of administering the rent rebate scheme;
- (b) £590 million was spent on repairs and maintenance;
- (c) £9 million was spent on administering the rent rebate scheme.