§ Mr. Stanley
The rent and rate rebate schemes offer substantial assistance to about 1 million council tenants. The needs allowance used in calculating the rebates is up-rated annually. Its value has been effectively restored to its 1972 level, from which it had fallen through inadequate uprating, by the £5 earnings disregard introduced last November. I announced on 18 March—[Vol. 981, c. 161]—that the maximum limits for rent rebates and rent allowances were to be increased to £25 in London and to £23 elsewhere and my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services announced on546W 23 April—[Vol. 984, c. 185–6]—new maximum rate rebates of £6.75 and £4.80 respectively.