§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give details of the inner city partnership areas which fall within local authorities which have been subject to rate capping or rate support grant penalties; and if he will give details of the relevant penalty or rate limitation and the year in which it occurred.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
No. Nearly all the common energy saving measures such as loft insulation, double glazing and cavity wall insulation already have little or no effect on rateable values. Moreover, section 21 of the Local Government Act 1974 provides that central heating systems installed after 1 April 1974 and any minor improvements, including energy saving improvements, 29W carried out from that date which would have had the effect of raising the gross value by £30 or less, will not normally result in an increase in the rateable value of a dwelling until the next revaluation.