§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what income level it is his policy to set as the figure below which a house owner will receive a 100 per cent. grant for renovations or repairs, and what percentage grant will be received by those with incomes over the threshold.
§ Mr. Grist
Our recent consultation paper on the test of resources proposed that households with weekly net incomes below a threshold figure would qualify for 100 per cent. assistance. Grant would be progressively reduced for households with incomes above the threshold.
The test of resources we have proposed suggests that the threshold should be set at housing benefit level plus a premium of £20 per week. For those with incomes above that level we have proposed a sliding scale of grant entitlement determined by the cost of works and applicant's financial resources.