Rent Rebate Schemes

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Michael Roberts Mr Michael Roberts , Cardiff North 12:00 am, 21st February 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many housing authorities in Wales do not, at present, operate rent rebate schemes.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

Housing authorities are not required to inform me whether or not they operate rent rebate schemes. At least 60 do and their schemes cover nearly 60 per cent. of local authority dwellings.

Photo of Mr Michael Roberts Mr Michael Roberts , Cardiff North

Does my hon. Friend agree that those authorities which do not operate rent rebate schemes, many of them Socialist-controlled, should be encouraged to follow the example of the large county borough authorities?

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

Certainly the Cardiff City Council intends to begin operating a rent rebate scheme based on the prescribed model from April, 1972. It has already circulated its tenants to this effect, and I welcome its initiative in taking this step. This comes about as a result of the provisions of the Housing Finance Bill. The benefits of the rent rebate scheme will be available to all council tenants in Wales and not merely those now covered by existing schemes.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that what the Government are doing is increasing the rents of our people as from 1st April, and that he would do far better to come clean about it?

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

I have said already to the right hon. Gentleman that this is the first Government to try to bring justice into rents in this country.