§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the latest available figure for the numbers of people in the London borough of Waltham Forest receiving rent and rate rebates; and if such information will continue to be obtainable from his Department.
§ Dr. Boyson
Information provided by the London borough of Waltham Forest indicates that the number of householders in receipt of housing benefit at 18 July 1983 was as follows:
Rent rebates Rent allowances Rate rebates Certified claimants 6,862 3,192 12,234 Standard claimants 5,693 3,819 17,604 12,555 7,011 29,838
Certified beneficiaries are those also in receipt of supplementary benefit.
Local authorities should themselves be able to continue to provide information of this nature.