§ Mr. Wheeler
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that the rent allowance and rent rebate schemes afford adequate protection for tenants, particularly in areas with high rent levels; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stanley
We have been considering the maximum levels of rebates and allowances payable. These are at present set at £13 in London and £10 elsewhere except in a few special areas where higher limits have been agreed. To ensure that tenants in the highest cost areas can benefit fully from the rent allowance and rebate schemes we have decided that the maximum limits for both should be revised upwards. Having consulted the advisory committee on rent rebates and rent allowances (ACRRRA), we have decided to increase them to £25 in London and £23 elsewhere as from 1 July.