COUNCIL rents in the town are set to go up by an inflation-busting 4.5 per cent later this year after the government told local authorities to increase charges.

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The new rents are set to be approved by the borough’s executive next week – and are coming in at the start of a new 30-year-business plan.

Borough councillor with responsibility for housing John Mowles said the increases were in line with a formula laid down by the government.

He said: “We have to increase rents by inflation plus 0.5pc plus £2 a week which gives this level of increase.

“Given that we are at the start of a new business plan, it was felt unwise to go against the government’s proposals.

“Certainly if we had proposed introducing a different system, I suspect the housing officials would have warned us that there could be consequences to that.”

Mr Mowles said most council tenants had part or all of their rent paid by housing benefit – but accepted that for those who did have to pay the full rent the increase would be an additional burden.

“It is higher than the inflation rate, but we really don’t feel there is any option but to bring in these increases at this time.”

Is it right to put up council rents by 4.5pc? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

8 comments

  • I cant believe its going up by that much how unfair, my rent has gone up over 10% in less then two years n now they want more from the few working council tennants who pay their rent. Well it just encourages me to use the right to buy and take much needed social housing out of the system as the morgage would be cheaper. Oh and to all my fellow tax payers, we will be paying for this rise as most council tennants don't pay it.

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    mr_tall

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Central Govt are engineering rises in council house rents to a point where they will eventually become comparable with the private market. Council house tenancies can then be privatised and taken out of local authority control. What the Coalition doesn't care about is that wages won't keep up with housing costs; people will be driven onto benefits and the gulf between those that have nothing and those that have too much will continue to widen.

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    skrich

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • what about us mortgage payers we are in the same boat with high payments,shortfalls etc. GET USED TO IT AS IT AINT GOING TO BE EASY IN THE NEAR FUTURE ,THE COUNTRY IS IN A MESS.

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    dummyboy

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • "most council tenants had part or all of their rent paid by housing benefit" I have to go to work in order to pay for my housing.

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    RC

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I would say that the current level of rents should determine whether the increase is reasonable. There is a big difference on that percentage on £50 pw or on £500 pw.

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    T Doff

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • David Cameron identified that working people were walking past closed curtains of the unemployed on their way to work, people who have enjoyed inflation increases on there benefits unconditionally, how wonderful to now know once again they have benefited as they do not pay the increase! instead its paid by Government from the money we the affected pay in taxes, nobody is incriminating their position or reason for unemployment but the fact remains once again they are favored over the working individual because of their position. Private and public sector workers have had little or no wage increase over the past 5yrs. Not great encouragement for those on minimal wage to continue working, neither does it show respect for family values of those who are employed. Surly as Government will be collecting the majority of the extra burden, the final decision should be made at government level, Not local council who only consider local budget not the Country as a whole and certainly not the hard working familys who will suffer reduction in pocket. Another kick in the teeth for the working family! The only fair conclusion is to identify those paying their rent capping the increase this would be a far greater impact of encouragement, as many after the increase will be considering not working joining the unemployment as prospects for the future may appear better on the benefit system. .

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    RThurston Robert Thurston

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Another example of barmy government policy. Increase rents: this pushes up the benefits bill and makes it harder for people to move into paid work. Pity that John Mowles is not quoted as making any criticism of the stupidity and unfairness of government policy.

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    Neil Bateman

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • The way some of these tenants look after these properties they don't deserve to live in them ,

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

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