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Housing Act 1964

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46Amount of standard grant

(1)The amount of a standard grant shall, subject to this section, be one half of the cost shown to have been incurred in executing the works in respect of which it is made.

(2)If any of the works are not exclusively for the purpose of providing one or more of the standard amenities, only so much of the cost of carrying out those works as is, in the opinion of the local authority, attributable to the provision of the standard amenity or standard amenities shall be taken into account under the foregoing subsection.

(3)Subject to this section, there shall be a limit on the amount of a standard grant determined in accordance with the following Table, and the limit shall depend on the number of items in the following Table which will be provided by the works and shall be the total of the amounts specified in column 2 of that Table for those items or £350, whichever is the less. Table

List of amenitiesAmount allowed towards limit
A fixed bath or shower in a bathroom or elsewhere.£25 or, if the bathroom is being provided by the building of a new structure or the conversion of outbuildings attached to the dwelling (or to the building of which the dwelling forms part) and, before the time when the local authority approve the application, they have been satisfied that it is not reasonably practicable to provide the bathroom in any other way, such higher amount as the local authority shall fix at that time as being in their opinion one-half of the part of the cost to be reasonably incurred in executing the works, being the part of the cost attributable to the provision of the fixed bath or shower.
A wash-hand basin£5
A hot and cold water supply at a fixed bath or shower.£35
A hot and cold water supply at a wash-hand basin.£15
A hot and cold water supply at a sink.£25
List of amenitiesAmount allowed towards limit
A water closet£40 or if the works comprise the installation of a septic tank and, before the time when the local authority approve the application, they have been satisfied that the connection of the water closet with main drainage is not possible or reasonably practicable, such higher amount as the local authority shall fix at that time as being in their opinion one-half of the part of the cost to be reasonably incurred in executing the works, being the part of the cost attributable to the provision of the water closet.
Facilities for storing food£10
If the works comprise, in connection with all or any of the amenities provided, the bringing of a piped supply of cold water into the dwelling for the first time.Such amount as the local authority shall fix at the time when they approve the application as being in their opinion one-half of the part of the cost to be reasonably incurred in executing the works, being the part of the cost attributable to the bringing of the piped supply into the dwelling.

(4)The local authority shall, when they approve the application, inform the applicant of any decision taken by them under the Table fixing a higher amount in respect of the cost attributable to the provision of a fixed bath or shower, or of a water closet, or fixing any amount in respect of the cost of bringing a piped supply of cold water into the dwelling.

(5)In determining the limit the amount specified for any item in the Table shall not be brought in more than once, and no account shall be taken of any amenity provided by the works if, at the time when the works were begun, the dwelling was provided with an amenity of that kind unless part of the cost incurred in executing the works is attributable to interference with or replacement of that amenity and the local authority are satisfied that it would not have been reasonably practicable to avoid the interference or replacement.

(6)References in this section to the cost incurred in executing or carrying out works shall include references to the cost of the employment in connection with the works of an architect, engineer, surveyor, land agent or other person in an advisory or supervisory capacity.

(7)The Minister may by order vary the provisions of subsections (3), (4) and (5) of this section in any respect. An order under this subsection—

(a)may contain such transitional or other supplemental provisions as appear to the Minister to be expedient,

(b)may be varied or revoked by a subsequent order, and

(c)shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(8)The provisions of this section shall have effect as respects any application made under section 4 of the Act of 1959 after the coming into force of this section, and in substitution for the provisions of section 6 of the Act of 1959.

(9)In the application of this section to Scotland—

(a)in subsection (6), for the words from " the cost of the employment " to the end there shall be substituted the words

fees payable to professional persons employed in connection with those works;

(b)in subsection (7), for the references to the Minister there shall be substituted references to the Secretary of State, and

(c)in subsection (8), for the references to section 4 and section 6 of the Act of 1959 there shall be substituted respectively references to section 19 and section 21 of that Act.

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