§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his most recent estimate of the proportion of those qualified for (a) rent rebates, (b) rent allowances and (c) rate rebates who do not claim the entitlement; and what 304W action he is taking to publicise the availability of these benefits.
§ Mr. Armstrong
On the latest estimates, the proportions are (a) 20–25 per cent., (b) 65–70 per cent. and (c) 35 per cent. The main statutory responsibility for publicising these schemes lies with local authorities, and my right hon. 305W Friend keeps under review the adequacy of this publicity. In addition, the Department regularly produces and distributes up-to-date informatory leaflets, undertakes research on take-up, and issues guidance and advice to local authorities as appropriate.