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Rented Sector

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each year since 1978 the weight of private sector and public sector rents in the cost of living index; whether those weights include rates when paid by the landlord; and what will be the effect of the index if the landlord does not reduce the rent to take account of the abolition of rates.

The weight for local authority and private rents in the retail prices index, in parts per thousand, has been as follows:

Weight
197832
197932
198028

Weight

198130
198236
198336
198435
198531
198629
198734
198833
198932

The weight is adjusted to exclude domestic rates paid through landlords. The index will continue to reflect actual rents charged.