Affordable rents

We are concerned about the possible introduction locally of affordable rents for new build council properties and new lettings of council houses.  We appreciate that whilst the government are forcing local authorities to reduce rents by 1% per annum over the next 4 years this will put pressure on councils in terms of managing their budgets.  However charging much higher rents on properties (on average approximately £15 per week) may cause much hardship for some people.

Furthermore whilst some tenants may be paying market rents under Pay to Stay and others will be on housing benefit, the introduction of affordable rents will mean the very people who are working and may be struggling on a low income will be the ones having to pay the so called affordable rent.

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