HC Deb 16 March 1990 vol 169 cc403-4W
Mr. Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will bring forward plans to raise the capital limit for the community charge benefit.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

We continue to keep under review the capital limits for all income-related benefits.

Mr. Maxton

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will provide a table for the following household types:(a) single pensioner, (b) other single adult, (c) two adults, (d) three or more adults and (e) all households listing (i) the number receiving rate bills, (ii) the total value of their gross rate bills, (iii) the numbers entitled to rebates and (iv) the total value of rebates in 1987–88 and 1988–89 in Scotland.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Information is not available in the form or detail requested. The latest available information is in the table.

1987–88 1988–89
Number of households (000s) 1,950 1,967
Gross value of domestic rate bills excluding water rates (£ million) 918 968
Numbers receiving rate rebates (000s) 785 688
Rate rebate expenditure (£ million) 212 170

Sources: Scottish Office statistics. Housing benefit expenditure and caseload return from local authorities.

Mr. Hayward

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the cost of giving the community charge relief at 20 per cent. of full charge to those adults of working age who currently remain at home caring for immediate relatives who are in receipt of attendance allowance.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The information requested is not available.

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