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Rating Reform

Volume 128: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is his intention that community charge payers entitled to a rebate will receive full reimbursement of the amount of the community charge in all local authority areas through income support or by some other form of relief; and what arrangements will be made in respect of claimants in households with variable incomes.

Rebates will be available in each local authority up to a maximum of 80 per cent. of community charge liability. Claimants whose incomes are equal to or below their income support levels will be entitled to the maximum rebate, and the entitlement of claimants with incomes above these levels will be calculated by the

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases of rabies or suspected rabies were recorded in the United Kingdom for each year since 1980.

The available information is given in the table.application of a taper. Income support rates will include an amount to help meet the 20 per cent. minimum community charge contribution, reflecting average community charge levels in Great Britain as a whole. Rebate entitlement will be assessed on the basis of the liablity, needs and resources of each individual or couple and will be reassessed when a claimant's circumstances change; it will not be assessed on the basis of the liabilities, needs and resources of households.