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Improvement Grants

Volume 894: debated on Friday 4 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is the policy of the Government to issue guidance to local authorities as to whether possessory title to a property represents adequate security to enable local authorities to make improvement grants.

Under Section 57(3) of the Housing Act 1974 it is the duty of a local authority to satisfy itself that an applicant has the specified interest in the land before it can entertain an application for a house renovation grant. Any interpretation of this provision is ultimately a matter for the courts; it is not a matter on which the Department has felt it necessary to offer guidance to local authorities.