Council tenants hit with rent rise

COUNCIL house rents will rise by an inflation-busting average of 6.9 per cent from April.

The increase was approved by Lancaster City Council’s cabinet on Tuesday, despite opposition from two Green councillors, who said the hike was too large in the wake of the recession.

It was recommended in an officers’ report which said a minimum level rise of 5.1 per cent would mean the council losing £210,000 in 2011/12.

The increase – agreed by cabinet in the same meeting it supported a freeze in the authority’s share of council tax – means tenants in around 3,800 council homes will pay an average weekly rent of £64.20.

See the Lancaster Guardian (21-01-11) for full story.