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Rate Rebates

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans for revising the ceilings on rate rebates.

LOCAL AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES IN GREAT BRITAIN
Operatives on construction:
October 1978April 1979October 1979
New work—
Housing10,1198,7698,214
Non-housing9,92710,1028,907
Repair and maintenance—
Housing74,49474,85674,533
Non-housing69,14067,52667,103
Total163,680161,253158,757
Administrative, professional, technical and clerical staff (APTC) engaged on design, management and control of construction work:
Total86,63088,12589,086

Note: Construction work controlled by APTC staff may be carried out either by direct labour or by contractors.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he will list the local authorities which have received loan sanction to build dwellings by direct labour since 25 June 1979, naming the scheme in each case, the gross tender price and the number of dwellings involved;(2) whether any local authorities have received loan sanction since 25 June 1979 to build dwellings for sale by direct labour; and, if so, whether he will name the scheme in each case, the gross tender

I have just completed a review of the maximum rate rebates. I propose to increase the maxima from £4·50 a week to £6·75 a week in London and from £3·20 to £4·80 a week in the rest of England and Wales. This will restore the maxima to the value they had when they were last increased in 1978.The new maxima will be implemented later this year; the precise timing of their introduction will be a matter for consultation with the local authority associations.