Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Mid Suffolk: Concerns over council rents increase

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 January 2013

Andrew Stringer, opposition leader at Mid Suffolk, has expressed concern over the planned rents increase

Andrew Stringer, opposition leader at Mid Suffolk, has expressed concern over the planned rents increase

Archant

A COUNCIL has voted for a proposed increase in housing rents despite councillors voicing concerns over the rise.

Councillors spoke at Mid Suffolk District Council’s executive meeting on Monday with seven members voting for and four against.

Councillor John Field said the increase would hit “some of the most disadvantaged people” in Mid Suffolk.

Council officers said the increase was needed to help reduce the housing loan debt of £82million and because of a reduction in rental income as leaseholders had bought their homes.

Opposition leader Andrew Stringer, of the Green Party, said he found the situation “incredible”.

He said: “The Right to Buy scheme is causing cost pressures to people who remain in social housing. Something is fundamentally wrong if that’s the case.

“I really feel I cannot face people on the doorstep because more people than expected are buying their properties from us.”

Liberal Democrat councillor Penny Otton said: “This year there’s no way we will be able to support an increase of 4%. We would be looking at a really low increase.

“With the very fact that people are going to be faced with a lot of uncertainty about benefits, they are entitled to know just how concerned we are.”

Liberal Democrat councillor, John Field, said if workers did get any pay rise they were only getting about 1%.

He said: “Some of the most disadvantaged people are facing a 4% increase. It seems difficult to justify in these circumstances.”

Councillors were told if they voted for a 3% increase the council would face a deficit of £300,000 for their plans to meet the housing loan debt.

Council leader Derrick Haley said: “It seems a difficult case and I can understand why members have said what they have.

“But we have to look at the future and we are not going down the road to make this council have financial problems in the future.”

Full council is set to meet on February 21 to approve the plans as part of the draft housing revenue budget.

1 comment

  • As a MSDC council tenant i am concerned as i now pay what i feel is a fair rent for my home, if the rent increases however i shall be doing everything i can to ensure that the landlord deals with the mould and disrepair in my home, as well as modernisation to ensure i get what i pay for. That is all.

    Report this comment

    a friend

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing Suffolk man – who has not been seen for five days.

A smoke alarm helped save lives during a blaze at a home in Ipswich this evening.

Only one potential witness seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds on the night Corrie McKeague disappeared remains unidentified.

A horse had to be sedated for rescue after falling into a private swimming pool in north Essex.

A community school art project has helped break down the “invisible barrier” between the Whitehouse and Whitton wards in Ipswich, a former mayor has claimed.

We meet up with the experts leading the £1.2m conservation and improvement work at Framlingham Castle.

A young soldier was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when the car he was driving crossed onto the wrong side of the A120 and crashed head-on into a lorry, an inquest has heard.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24