Councillors vote on lowest rent rise for five years

29 Jan 2015

Stevenage councillors voted to keep council house rent increase to a minimum at last night’s full council meeting (Wednesday 28 January).

The decision will see the rent and service charges on council homes in the town rise by 2.18% - an average increase of £2.15 per week. This rise is based on the Government’s current rent formula of Consumer Price Index (CPI) + 1%. It is the lowest annual rise in rent since 2010.

Councillor Ann Webb, Executive member for Housing, said, “This council is committed to providing good quality housing that people in Stevenage can afford. We know that many of our tenants continue to experience financial hardship – in many cases exacerbated by changes to the benefits system – and so we have worked hard to keep the necessary rent increase to a minimum.

“The rise puts rent for the average council property in the town at £98.58 per week, excellent value for our tenants and almost half of the average weekly private rent of £198. It also makes Stevenage council house rents the lowest in the county.”

For further information on the rent setting process and to read the council’s housing allocations policy, please visit Stevenage.gov.uk

Cllr Webb added, “If any of our tenants have concerns or difficulties in paying their rent, I would urge them to contact the Income Team here at the council as early as they can. Our team can provide all kinds of support and advice. Tenants can call us on 01438 242666.”

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