HC Deb 31 October 1979 vol 972 cc568-9W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to draw to the attenton of local authorities the eligibility for rent rebates of persons residing in local authority hostels; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stanley

Further to my answer of 25 July to my hon. Friend, I am now advised that while many residents in local authority hostels are likely to be eligible for rent rebates by virute of section 18 of the Housing Finance Act, there may be some hostel occupants who are not eligible—[Vol. 971, c. 323–24.] I have already undertaken to draw the attention of the local authority associations to the rules governing eligibility for rent allowance. In doing so I shall draw attention also to the provisions of section 18 of the 1972 Act in so far as people in local authority hostels are concerned.