Rate Support Grant

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd February 1983.

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Photo of Mr Tom King Mr Tom King Secretary of State for Environment 12:00 am, 23rd February 1983

It is becoming clear that local authorities have been considerably advantaged in the present year by the fall in inflation and interest rates. Despite an admittedly tough rate support grant settlement that reduced the rate support grant by 3 per cent., the overwhelming majority of responsible authorities are now making very low rate increases and I expect that to be maintained. I do not want to follow the hon. Gentleman in looking at every possible problem that can be dredged up.