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Housing Subsidies

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about his proposals for the reform of public sector housing subsidies.

The Government's plan to introduce legislation in the present Session of Parliament on public sector housing subsidies in Scotland followed discussions with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities which endorsed the need for early reform of the present subsidy arrangements.I have now decided to postpone the introduction of legislation to allow further discussion of the details of the new system, which I would aim to have in operation by 1st April 1979. This postponement does not prejudice the introduction of local housing plans which I intend to have operating from 1st April 1978 or the review of housing policies and finance whose findings I intend to publish in a Green Paper as soon as possible.