§ Mr. Wrigglesworth
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether a decision has been taken on the method to be used for compensating rating authorities for rate relief which is to be granted under the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act 1978.
§ Mr. Shore:
Yes. Rating authorities will be reimbursed by means of a new grant set at 90 per cent. of the aggregate amount of standard rebates granted, and the new procedures necessary will be discussed with them shortly. The discretionary additions to the standard rebates which are allowed under the Act will not, 153W however, be eligible for grant. I intend to include provisions for this new grant in a Bill on rating and local government finance matters during the current Session.