HC Deb 19 February 1981 vol 999 cc214-5W
Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons in Scotland were in receipt of a rate rebate in the last period for which figures are available; how many of these were local authority tenants, private sector tenants and owner-occupiers, respectively; what was the cost of each category to public funds; and what were the comparable figures for 1977.

Mr. Younger

The information is as follows:

1977–78 1979–80
Nos. *Cost to public funds£ million Nos. *Cost to public funds £ million
Rate rebate recipients:
local authority tenants 244,913 16.1 251,181 16.1
private sector tenants† 37,301 2.0 35,116 2.1
owner-occupiers 100,938 6.4 96,849 6.0
Totals 383,152 24.5 383,146 24.2

* Of this 90 per cent. is met by rate rebate grant from central Government. Figures do not include costs of administering the rate rebate scheme which are not separately identifiable.

† Includes Development Corporation and SSHA tenants.