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Rate Support Grant

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give an assurance that those authorities, like Kirklees, which could be adversely affected by changes in the rate support grant distribution formula will have the benefit, as in the past, of damping and safety net arrangements without which ratepayers in those areas could suffer increases in their rate bills.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Shelton) on 16 November.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the rise in the minimum lending rate announced on 15 November, he proposes to pay two tranches of the rate

TOTAL PUBLIC SECTOR INVESTMENT BY AGENCY—TOTAL £'000S
1978–791979–801980–811981–82TotalPercentage
GLC7,59912,597·020,725·036,708·077,629·033
Greenwich1,3523,016·92,996·95,964·213,330·06
Lewisham1,8081,491·0871·6612·94,783·52
Newham9,30510,245·511,899·314,884·146,333·919
Southwark7,5565,554·07,271·04,709·025,090·011
Tower Hamlets7,06310,944·013,633·010,435·042,075·018
ILEA1,5501,785·02,190·02,359·07,884·03
Area health authorities530220·0865·41,026·92,642·31
Thames water authority2,5852,771·01,620·01,820·08,796·03
Housing associations3,240·05,200·0673·09,113·04
Total39,34851,864·467,272·279,192·1237,676·7
Percentage17222833100

support grant to local authorities in December 1979 to January 1980 of offset the unbudgeted charges at a time of heavy outturn.

The arrangements for payment of rate support grant are made on a timetable which has been agreed with the Treasury and the local authority associations, and there are no proposals to change those arrangements.