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Rents

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much additional rent has been paid by council tenants in Glasgow and Clydebank, respectively, in the period from 1st October 1974 until the present time; if he will give an estimate of the amount of additional rent they will have paid from 1st October 1974 to the end of the rent freeze in May 1975; and if he will also express these global figures in terms relating to an average tenant.

No rent increases have been made since 1st October 1974 because of the rents standstill.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the amount of additional rent payable by council tenants in Glasgow and Clydebank, respectively, in the period from 1st October 1974 until the present time and from 1st October 1974 until the end of the rent freeze in May 1975, respectively, attributable to a strict conformity with the timetable of the Housing Finance Act 1972; and if he will express these global figures in terms relating to an average tenant.

The 1972 Act imposed two increases of £39 per annum from 1st October 1972 and of £26 per annum from 1st October 1973. Together these meant increases of £1·25p per week. On that basis the additional rent payable by tenants would be £21·25p in the period from 1st October 1974 to 27th January 1975 and £40 from 1st October 1974 to 15th May 1975, giving totals of £3,246,300 and £203,000 in the first period and £6,110,700 and £382,200 in the second period for Glasgow and Clydebank respectively.