asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish details of the numbers and average amounts of rate rebate granted in 1978–79 in England and Wales in total and by rating district; what proportion of each tenure group received rate rebates; and if he will estimate the number of householders eligible for a rate rebate but not claiming in that year.
In 1978–79, in England and Wales, the total number of householders who received rate rebates was 2·6 million and the average rebate granted was about £56. The figures for each rating authority are contained in a list that I have placed in the Library. The proportion of householders in each tenure group that received rebates is set out below.
|Proportion receiving rebates|
|Tenure group||Per cent|
|Ratepayers who receive rate demands directly from the council (which includes all owner occupiers and some private tenants)||12|
|Local authority tenants||20|
|Private tenants paying rates indirectly with rent to the landlord||8½|
|All tenure groups||14½|