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Forestry Commission (Tenants' Rents)

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that the Forestry Commission's plans to raise the rents of Commission tenants by in some cases as much as 50 per cent. is in accordance with current Government prices and incomes policy.

All Government industrial workers, including forest workers, pay fair rents for residential property commensurate with those charged by private landlords. Where a tenant considers his assessed rent is too high, there is provision for appeal to an independent committee. There is also a rent rebate scheme related to family circumstances and income which can provide relief in qualifying cases.