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Rent And Rate Rebates

Volume 22: debated on Monday 19 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, for the latest available date, what are the numbers of (a) retirement and (b) invalidity pensioners in Scotland in receipt of rent rebates and rate rebates, respectively.

Information is available only for all pensioners. There were 173,000 pensioners in receipt of rent rebates at 30 September 1981. Rate rebates were received by 249,000 pensioners in 1980–81.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the numbers of local authority and private unfurnished tenants in Scotland receiving rent rebates and rent allowances, respectively, from April 1975 to the latest convenient date; and if he will express these figures as a percentage of those estimated to be eligible for each benefit.

The information requested in respect of the year to 30 September 1981 is:

Local authority tenants receiving rent rebates250,726
Private tenants receiving rent allowances*19,589
* Figures for private unfurnished tenancies are not available.
The corresponding figures for earlier years are in Scottish Housing Statistics No. 15, page 8, a copy of which is in the Library.The latest survey information suggests that about three-quarters of eligible public sector tenants actually receive rent rebates.