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Local Government Finance

Volume 171: debated on Friday 27 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report in relation to each local authority in England and the average for all local authorities in England for the financial year 1990–91 (a) the level of net expenditure per head of population, (b) the level of net expenditure per head of population as set out in the Government's assessment of expenditure need, (c) the level of income per head of population from personal standard and collective community charges, (d) the income from revenue support grant per head of population, (e) the income from non-domestic rates per head of population and (f) the income from other sources per head of population.

[holding answer 23 April 1990]: The available figures for all local authorities in England are as follows:

Average community charge363
Demands and precepts1918
Standard spending assessment1836
Revenue support grant1266
Non domestic rate income1293
1 £ per head of relevant population.

The amount of non-domestic rate income per head of relevant population is the same for every authority. Corresponding information for individual authorities is given or can be derived from the information placed in the Library of the House on 25 April 1990.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether residents of sheltered housing schemes are eligible for either transitional relief or special transitional relief under the poll tax provisions; and whether he will make a statement.

[holding answer 23 April 1990]: In general, transitional relief is automatically paid at 100 per cent. of the difference between the assumed rates bill for 1989–90 on the property in which the chargepayer lives and either one or two units, according to household size, of the assumed community charge in 1990–91 plus a threshold of £156. Certain chargepayers who at 1 April 1990 were of pensionable age or were disabled and who, among other special conditions, paid neither rates nor rent during 1989–90 may apply for a special form of transitional relief which reduces their liability to £156 plus any difference between the actual and assumed charge. Whether the occupiers of any sheltered housing scheme are entitled to one of these forms of relief would depend on how these rules apply in their particular circumstances. Any individual or couple living in sheltered accommodation may, of course, be entitled to community charge benefit if they have a low income.