Selby council house rents to go up

COUNCIL house tenants in the Selby district are set to see their rent increase – prompting a local Tory leader to criticise his own Government.

Families will see their rents go up by an average of 4.6 per cent, which would put the average bill for a Selby District Council property rise from £75.69 to £79.19.

The decision to raise rents was passed at a meeting of Selby District Counil’s executive in line with Government policy introduced 12 years ago to bring council rents in line with those of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).

Council leader Mark Crane said he disagreed with the policy, but recognised the council had to go along with it.

He said: “It’s not as bad as last year, but I fully recognise it is above inflation.

“Selby has been on the path to get equality of rents for years, and every year rent has to rise above inflation to catch up with Registered Social Landlord rents, so this year is another step on that path.”

Coun Crane said the policy had been introduced by the previous Labour Government, but he was unhappy that no effort had been made to change the policy since the coalition Government came to power. He said: “I don’t personally agree with the policy, but we have no alternative. The Government said we have to get convergence.

“The one thing I would say is that a large number of people living in our homes get housing benefit, so to some extent are immune from the increase. However, there are several hard working families who do not, and are facing an increase above inflation. I’m frankly slightly disappointed this Government has not changed it.”

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9:46am Mon 7 Jan 13

goodfellow says...

People on housing benefit are immune are they? Just shows how out of touch Crane is from April cuts in Housing Benefit – introduced by HIS Tory government- will result in many tenants having to pay more rent at a time that wages , pensions and benefits are being cut or not keeping pace with inflation.
People on housing benefit are immune are they? Just shows how out of touch Crane is from April cuts in Housing Benefit – introduced by HIS Tory government- will result in many tenants having to pay more rent at a time that wages , pensions and benefits are being cut or not keeping pace with inflation. goodfellow

11:19am Mon 7 Jan 13

myselby says...

It’s Ok for Crane to complain about his Tory government friends, but does he actually do anything about it. No,
Last week Tory Cllr r Musgrave was complaining about Tory run SDC now Tory Leader of the council complains about Tory Gov. Is there an election soon ?
It’s Ok for Crane to complain about his Tory government friends, but does he actually do anything about it. No, Last week Tory Cllr r Musgrave was complaining about Tory run SDC now Tory Leader of the council complains about Tory Gov. Is there an election soon ? myselby

12:34pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Pete the Brickie says...

At £80 a week Council house rents are still nowhere near the private sector even in Selby, I imagine anyone working and living in such accomodation would still rather be doing so than paying a private landlord.
At £80 a week Council house rents are still nowhere near the private sector even in Selby, I imagine anyone working and living in such accomodation would still rather be doing so than paying a private landlord. Pete the Brickie

5:19pm Mon 7 Jan 13

inthesticks says...

RSLs or housing associations tend to keep their properties in better condition than councils anyway, so if councils want to charge the same rent they need to fork out more and have the same maintenance standards as housing associations. They use the excuse that `we don`t have as much money as they do` (and that IS a quote) - but if you are equalising rents then I expect you will be equalising standards - COYC?
RSLs or housing associations tend to keep their properties in better condition than councils anyway, so if councils want to charge the same rent they need to fork out more and have the same maintenance standards as housing associations. They use the excuse that `we don`t have as much money as they do` (and that IS a quote) - but if you are equalising rents then I expect you will be equalising standards - COYC? inthesticks

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