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Rate-Capped Local Authorities

Volume 81: debated on Friday 28 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to enter into negotiations with any of the rate-capped local authorities.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 March 1985, c. 219–20]: I was advised that the following payments should not be made to rating authorities until they had fixed their rates: rate rebate subsidy; grants towards rate relief for disabled persons and institutions; compensation to local authorities for loss of rate income in enterprise zones; and contributions in lieu of rates on Crown and diplomatic properties. As required by law and longstanding practice such payments are now being made to all authorities, including Liverpool, which have made a rate.