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Housing Act 1974

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79Payment of improvement contributions to housing authorities

(1)The Secretary of State may pay contributions (in this section referred to as " improvement contributions") to housing authorities towards the expenses incurred by them in—

(a)the provision of dwellings by the conversion of houses or other buildings, or

(b)the improvement of dwellings,

in such circumstances as appear to him to be sufficiently similar to those in which an improvement grant might be paid by a local authority had the provision or improvement been by a person other than a housing authority.

(2)The Secretary of State may pay an improvement contribution with respect to any dwellings if an application therefor containing such estimates and particulars as he may require is made by a housing authority and approved by him.

(3)Where the Secretary of State approves an application for an improvement contribution, he shall determine the amount of the expenses which, in his opinion, are proper to be incurred by the housing authority for the execution of any works required for the provision or improvement of the dwellings.

(4)The eligible expense for the purposes of an improvement contribution shall be so much of the amount determined under subsection (3) above as does not exceed the amount arrived at by taking, for each dwelling provided or improved, £2,000.

(5)The improvement contribution shall be a sum payable annually for a period of 20 years, beginning with the financial year in which the works required for the provision or improvement of the dwellings are completed, equal to 37.5 per cent. of the annual loan charges referable to the eligible expense.

(6)Subsection (6) of section 78 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as it applies for the purposes of that.

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