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Rate Rebates

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many rate rebates were granted during April-September 1974, in England and Wales; what was the average payment made; what proportion of the applicants were granted rebates; and whether he will make a statement.

The information is as follows:

Number of Rate Rebates granted 1st April 1974–30th September 1974 2·15 million.
Amount of Rate Rebates granted 1st April 1974–30th September 1974 £41·28 million.
Average Rate Rebate granted 1st April 1974–30th September 1974 £19·20.
Proportion of applicants granted rebate 89 per cent.
In the full year I estimate that over 2½ million people will receive a rebate averaging £40 per annum at a total cost of over £85 million.My right hon. Friend has already laid regulations which should extend the scope of the scheme in the coming financial year.