Review of Rent Charges26/10/17
Councillors are being asked to approve a consultation on rent increase options for council house tenants.
Members of the committee will be asked to approve discussions with tenants on a range of options for annual increases of 3%, 3.25% or 3.5%, being average weekly increases of £2.13, £2.31 and £2.48 respectively.
During a two month consultation period tenants will be asked to express their preference of the three options before a report is prepared and considered by the neighbourhood services committee in January.
As further welfare reforms introduced by the UK Government are now being implemented, the provisional budget includes a proposal to increase the Hardship Fund by £200,000 for 2018/19 in order to mitigate the impact of these changes on Council house tenants.
Neighbourhood Services Convener Kevin Cordell said: “The options in rent increase will allow for additional resources to tackle fuel poverty through accelerating our external wall insulation - as requested by tenants throughout the year.
“The informed and intelligent dialogue that we have with tenants each year as part of the consultation shows clearly how successful this exercise is and I look forward to that continuing.
“Tenants know why we are suggesting the increases we are, what they will get for their money and what benefits it will bring.”
“This council is working to help council tenants deal with the new welfare reforms, we are proposing to increase the Hardship Fund by £200,000 to assist our tenants suffering financial hardship as a result of the new reforms.”
As in previous years the consultation will include a number of local community events, discussions with Registered Tenants Organisations and information on the council's website and in council offices.
The Neighbourhood Services Committee meets on Monday (October 30).