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Improvement Grants

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of the deterioration of private housing, he will make available repair grants for all older properties.

Our proposals for changes in the system of house renovation grants will be announced shortly.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, if he will review the present improvement grant limit of £5,000; and if he will consider bringing in a scheme to link future levels of grant with inflation.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he anticipates introducing increased levels for house improvement grants.

We are keeping the present levels of all house renovation grants under review. The limits are revised from time to time to take account of increases in costs but I see no need for any formal system of index-linking.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider making improvement grants on a 75 per cent basis of all properties which lack basic amenities irrespective of whether they are included in a general improvement area or housing action area.

My right hon. Friend has at present no power to do so. The Government's proposals for legislative changes will be announced shortly.