Friday, 22 July 2011

9% council house rent rise fears - Scrap the housing subsidy scam

Council house rents could rise by a whopping 9% in Wrecsam under Welsh Government plans to equalise rents between housing associations and councils. That's the bad news and one we'll be fighting all the way because it doesn't take account of local factors.
The better news is that the council is now actively fighting the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy scam, which takes £11.1m out of our housing coffers each year to give to the UK Treasury in London. This money could pay for substantial improvements in our housing stock.
The current kitchen improvements scheme - 350 new kitchens being put in this financial year - is costing £1.2m, so it's clear how much of a difference that extra money would make.

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