The Housing Scrutiny committee voted to support the Liberal Democrat housing revenue amendment when it met on Wednesday evening. The amendment included helping larger families, who will be tenants in the 500 new council houses being built, save up to £2,000 a year by setting the council rent at a lower social rent rather than the higher Local Housing Allowance level that the council is proposing to charge.
In addition, It committed the council to undertake a baseline review of the state communal and community areas across all councils housing sites, so that areas that are in need of repair and improvement can be identified and work can take place.
As a result of the vote the ruling Labour Group’s budget has to reflect the Liberal Democrat revenue amendment. The Labour Executive Councillor for Housing, did not approve the revised budget and as a result the decision now has to be taken by the Leader of the Council.
Rod Cantrill, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokes commented
“Our proposals provide the much needed help for council tenants here in the city. I appreciate the support from the Independent and tenant members of the committee. I hope that the Leader, Councillor Herbert recognises the strength of views expressed by the committee and agrees to support the Liberal Democrat amendment, so that our important measures to help council tenants can be actioned.”