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Rate Support Grant

Volume 986: debated on Friday 20 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will increase rate support grant cash limits to Welsh local authorities, to finance salary and wage settlements.

I have been asked to reply.No. The single rate support grant cash limit for England and Wales in 1980–81 already includes an allowance of 13 per cent. for new pay and price increases and a separate, realistic, allowance for the effects of comparability recommendations announced since November 1979.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage for increases in teachers' salaries was used in the rate support grant settlement for 1980–81, as it affected Wales.

I have been asked to reply.No distinction was made between England and Wales in the 1980–81 RSG settlement. In addition to the general 13 per cent. allowance for new pay settlements and price increases, a realistic allowance was made for the effects of all the comparability recommendations announced since November 1979, including that for teachers' salaries.