HC Deb 31 October 1979 vol 972 cc572-3W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the qualifying levels for rent and rate rebates and for rent allowances, as a percentage of (a) gross and (b) net average earnings, for a single person, a married couple, and married couples with two and four children, and for each relevant year since 1970, including an estimate for November.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The available information is as follows:

the applicants being unable to raise their share of the total cost of the work involved; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stanley

Individuals may decide not to proceed with their grant applications for numerous reasons, and I have no statistics which would enable me to estimate the number which fail for the particular reason referred to.

I have today issued a consultation paper outlining changes to the system of house renovation grants which are proposed for inclusion in the forthcoming housing Bill. Some of the changes are specifically designed to make it easier for those on small incomes to benefit from the grant system. Copies of the paper are available in the Library.