To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how much it would cost to assess wives separately from husbands for the purpose of community charge rebate;(2) how much it would cost to provide separate assessment for the community charge rebate for those wives with one or more children under the age of five.
I regret that the information requested is not available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the cost of changing the deemed interest rate on savings to 12 per cent. for the purposes of calculating community charge rebate.
The cost of changing the tariff income from £1 per week for every £250 of savings over £3,000 to £1 per week for every £433·33 of savings over £3,000 would be £50 million for community charge benefit in 1990–91.