§ Mr. Penhaligon
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list, for the district authorities of Devon and Cornwall, such information as he has about the individual councils' policies regarding the disregard of war widows' pensions when making calculations for rent and rate rebates.
§ Mr. Whitney
Under the housing benefit regulations all local authorities are required to disregard the first £4 of a war widow's pension or war disablement pension when assessing a rent or rate rebate. They have discretion to disregard a higher amount under a local variation of the statutory scheme. Information on how that discretion is used by individual authorities is not collected centrally.