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Council House Rents

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the average rise in Welsh council house rents in each of the last five years.

On the basis of returns made by local authorities to the Department, the information is estimated to be as follows:

Average rise in council house rents in Wales*

£ per week

1981–82+3·34
1982–83+2·54
1983–84+0·66
1984–85+1·01
1985–86+0·82

* The rent figures used are average unrebated rents (exclusive of rates) for each financial year.

The increase shown for 1985–86 is provisional because only 27 local authority returns (out of a total of 37) have been submitted to date.

Domestic poundage (p)

Percentage

Non-domestic poundage (p)

Percentage

1981–8221·420·420·114·2
1982–83

*22·3

17·65·13·1
1983–841·30·91·20·7
1984–8513·99·313·68·1
1985–8613·88·414·27·8

*Domestic rate relief was reduced from 36p in the pound in 1981–82 to 18·5p in 1982–83.

Over the five-year period from 1981–82 to 1985–86, following the introduction of a separate RSG system for Wales, domestic and non-domestic rate poundages increased by 40·6 per cent. and 21·0 per cent. respectively; average increases of 7·1 per cent. and 3·9 per cent. per annum respectively. This compares with aggregate increases over the last four years of the previous administration (1974–75, following the reorganisation of local government, to 1978–79) of 118·8 per cent. in domestic rates and 58·1 per cent. in non-domestic rates; annual average increases of 21·6 per cent. and 12·1 per cent. respectively. The reduction in the rate of increase under this Government clearly demonstrates the success in Wales of our policies for local government finance and has benefited the taxpayer, industry and commerce and the domestic ratepayer.

Candidates in maintained secondary schools and tertiary colleges*

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

'O'Level:
One modern language4,835
Two modern languages868
Computer studies1,5962,1682,9253,5824,4855,293
Latin893853765688613582
Economics2,0342,2762,1862,1331,9581,934
Sociology5047778101,2591,1611,127
'A' Level:
One modem language690
Two modem languages210
Computer studies73103223276391476
Latin788480837171
Economics1,4291,5001,7161,7211,7251,794
Sociology8564167304362321

* Candidates taking WJEC summer examinations. Figures exclude external candidates.

‥Signifies that the information is not available in the form requested.