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Stress Housing Areas

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make special provision for the exclusion of stress housing areas from further cuts in subsidies for council housing.

The existing subsidy system under the Housing Rents and Subsidies Act 1975 will continue until it is replaced in 1981–82 by that set out in the Housing Bill. The rate at which subsidy is payable under the system is not differentiated as between individual geographical areas, and we have no plans to introduce any such differentiation in the final year of the present system.