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Rent Rebates And Allowances

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the number of claimants eligible but not claiming (a) rent rebates, (b) rent allowances for unfurnished tenants, and (c) rent allowances for furnished tenants on what basis his Department's calculation is made; what is the total value of unclaimed benefit for each of the three rebates; and what are the corresponding figures for the past five years.

Following are the available estimates:

NUMBER OF TENANTS ELIGIBLE BUT NOT CLAIMING RENT REBATES AND ALLOWANCES—ENGLAND AND WALES: 1973–1976
thousands
Rent Rebates NumberRent allowances (unfurnished) Number
May 1973300–350350–450
April 1974300–350350–400
April 1975300–350300–350
April 1976250–300Not available
Estimates of unclaimed allowances for furnished tenancies are not available.The total value of unclaimed benefit at April 1975 is estimated at around £20 million per annum in the case of rent rebates and at around £30 million per annum in the case of unfurnished allowances. Reliable estimates for earlier years are not available.The above figures are derived from an estimate of the numbers eligible for a rebate or allowance based on the Family Expenditure Survey and from returns by local authorities of the number of rebates or allowances granted. They are subject to sampling error and should be treated with caution.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the total expenditure on rent rebates and allowances for each year since 1970; and if he will also express these sums in 1977 prices.

Rent rebates and allowances first became mandatory under the Housing Finance Act 1972. The figures for England are:

£m£m
Outturn Prices1977 Survey Prices
1972–7370142
1973–74181337
1974–75219346
1975–76258330
1976–77 (Provisional)341385