Council house rent increase recommended
9:49am Monday 7th January 2013 in News
A report by the director of finance and leisure at Pembrokeshire County Council, due to be discussed by cabinet members at a meeting today (Monday), recommends a 2% rise in council house rents from April 1st, 2013.
The Welsh Government rent increase guideline for Pembrokeshire was 5.3% to ensure the council meets its expenditure needs, which includes delivering the Welsh Quality Housing Standard.
But the report by the director of finance and leisure stated:
“In the context of impending welfare reforms and their impact upon council tenants in over-accommodated properties (bedroom tax), it is proposed to moderate the rent increase for 2013/14 to 2%, rather than the 5.3% Rent Increase Guideline.
“Rent levels have increased by 2% per annum for the past three financial years,” the report added.
The 2% rise will mean the average weekly council house rent will increase from £62.86 to £64.12.