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Community Charge

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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49.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many old-age pensioners in Scotland are liable to pay only 20 per cent of the poll tax.

It is estimated that about 190,000 community charge rebate claimants aged 60 and over in Scotland in 1989–90 are in receipt of the maximum 80 per cent. rebate. Claims from couples are counted as one.Source: 1. June 1989 count of Community Charge Rebates in Scotland.2. Housing Benefit Management Information System May and August 1989.

50.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many poll tax payers in Scotland are liable to pay no more than 20 per cent. of the poll tax due to their receipt of the maximum rebate; and what is the average amount they will pay in 1990–91.

The latest estimate for 1989–90 is that 560,000 claimants in Scotland are receiving the maximum community charge rebate. Claims from couples are counted as one. Detailed information is not yet available on the numbers who will qualify for the maximum rebate in 1990–91 or on the charges that they will have to pay.