It's a tough line to walk as it's important to protect the housing stock for future generations (literally - our current business plan is 30 years long!) but at the same time the welfare reform bill, the economic crisis and wage freezes mean that many people's finances are under real pressure.
Cabinet agreed and we have recommended a 3% rise to be approved by council next week. On average this means a £2.98 per week increase.
This year’s 3% increase is below the retail price index (RPI) which currently stands at 3.1%.
The Council consulted with the tenant’s Joint Consultative Committee about the proposed rent increases for 2013/2014 who understood the need for an increase.
There is also good news in what we are spending the funds on - communities benefit from 10% increase in the Decent Neighbourhood Fund, which supports community improvement projects. This rents increase will see community projects funded through the Decent Neighbourhood Fund extended, enabling the council to make investments in responsive repairs and will help to increase access to debt and financial advice to tenants to meet increased demand for this service.