§ Mr. Rowlands
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what will be 282W the net cost of postponing council rent increases due in April for three months.
§ Mr. Channon
No additional cost would arise from such a postponement in the case of tenants receiving supplementary benefit. For the fewer than 2 million other tenants of authorities in England and Wales which were due to increase rents this April, the net loss to the housing revenue accounts of those authorities would be £10 million to £12 million. The April rent increase has in effect been postponed by four weeks because tenants will not pay it until after the end of the standstill period.