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Improvement Grants

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will propose removing the rateable value ceiling for improvement grants for houses in housing action areas.

No, but my right hon. Friend is ready to consider, without commitment, whether there is any justification for varying the rateable value limits if it can be demonstrated that in any particular areas they are preventing significant numbers of needy owner-occupiers from improving their homes to a desired standard. The RV limits do not, of course, apply to tenanted dwellings, nor to applications for intermediate or repairs grants.