§ Mr. Riddick
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the number of people who will benefit from the community charge reduction scheme(a) nationally and (b) in the area covered by Kirklees council.
§ Mr. Andrew Mackay
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the workings of the community charge reduction scheme in relation to properties which were not individually rated.
§ Mr. Key
[pursuant to the answer, 27 March 1991, Official Report c. 456]: The effect of the recent changes which we have made to the community charge reduction scheme is that the calculation of reductions must be based on the total number of eligible charge payers resident in a property or a group of properties which formed one hereditament. Under transitional relief the calculation was limited to two community charges where there were two or more eligible charge payers. This change will help in particular people living in larger households or houses of multiple occupancy and people living in groups of properties which shared one rateable value only.