A consumer’s guide to local government by Martin Minogue (eds.)

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New developments üf potential importance in the field of planning is the Community Land Act 1975. The pur pose of the Act is to allow local authorities to purehase land for development at below eurrent market price. But the amount of funds actually made available by the government, given the current economic climate, is limited. If the funds were to increase, the positive use of land by the local authority could be of immense significance. The next step in this process will be to see in the near future how much additional funding the Treasury is prepared to grant under this new legislation.

How many hornes for the elderly are like the one in Norwich, where residents have a choice of when to get up and go to bed, whether to order a cooked breakfast or prepare toast and cereals for themselves, are free to call in their own doctor, look after their own medication, can have newspapers delivered to the door of their own bed sitting room in which they can have TV or make a cup of tea, and entertain friends in the home's licensed bar? This horne is designed for small groups of residents to live elose to each other, as are hornes in 33 Cambridgeshire CC, Coventry MDC and Tameside MDC, which are working along the same lines.

36 in Dudley. 89 a week. 88 in Newham. 94 in Newham. 44 in Doncaster. (Source CIPFA, Housing Statistics, 44 England and Wales, Part 1, Rents, Rebates and A llowances as at April 1976, published February 1977). The level of rent rebate and allowance payable is not, of course, independent of rentallevel, which is one of the factors taken into account in assessments. It has been estimated that these me ans tested allowances are not taken up by all the people who would qualify. In 1975 it was estimated that about 75 per cent of persons eligible to claim rent rebates did so, compared with only 35 per cent for allowances (unfurnished) and a meagre 10 per cent allowances (furnished).

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