Castle Point Council set to raise rents by £200 a year

Southend Standard: Castle Point Council set to raise rents by £200 a year Castle Point Council set to raise rents by £200 a year

HARD-PRESSED council tenants are being dealt a fresh blow as Castle Point Council looks set to raise rents by almost £200 a year.

The authority is considering raising fees by an average of £3.81 a week, meaning on average residents will have to pay £89.09 a week from April 7.

This represents a 4.47 per cent increase on last year’s figures, which saw people paying £85.28 a week. Rents on garages in the borough could also be raised by £1 a week.

However, Jeffrey Stanley, deputy leader of the council, says every penny will be ploughed back into bringing the council properties up to scratch.

The council estimates it will spend around £2.5million in 2014/15 on refurbishing itscouncil homes, including £600,000 on roof maintenance, £590,000 on electrical rewiring, £296,000 on replacing bathrooms and £200,000 on developing communal areas.

Mr Stanley said: “Every penny which is received in council house rents stays in our housing revenue account, because it is ring fenced.

“Rent will go up, but that extra money will be spent on repairs and capital improvements and we have a big programme of work ahead. So, we are going to spend £2.5million on putting in new kitchens, roof repairs, and so on which will benefit council tenants.”

Last year rents were raised by £2.91 a week, which saw tenants paying an extra £151.32 a year.

Opposition councillor Dave Blackwell said many families will struggle with this year’s rent rise.

Mr Blackwell, leader of the Canvey Independent Party, said: “An extra £3.81 a week is outrageous.

“We have had rent increases year on year and it’s just not on.

People can’t afford it.

“The council is trying to keep up with private rental prices, but the majority of people in these council houses are on low income and benefits, so they will struggle to afford this.”

A decision on the proposals will be made at a cabinet meeting from 6pm tomorrow at the council offices in Kiln Road, Thundersley.

 

RESIDENTS say they will have to cut back on spending in other areas to cope with rising rents, it has been claimed.

Ann Badger, 69, of The Rundels, Thundersley, says she will have to tighten her purse strings even further.

Mrs Badger said: “Although we do get help paying our rent, I don’t think we could really afford to pay any more.

“But there’s not much you can do about it, if it has to be paid it has to be paid. We pay all our bills at different stages of the month, so it’s not coming out all at once.

“If rents rise again we will just have to do without something else, that is what we have to do. We have been at rock-bottom before, so years ago we learnt to economise. But I think more and more people are turning to short term loans.”

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9:35am Wed 26 Feb 14

Janefromsouthend says...

Lots of families struggling to get by at the moment. I don't think it's only low income council tenants who are finding rent increases hard to keep up with people who have a slightly higher income and receive little or no help with their rent are in the same boat. Mrs Badger is right we all have to live within our means and economise. Short term loans are not the answer they just cause problems because you have to pay them back with interest leaving less money for next months rent .
Lots of families struggling to get by at the moment. I don't think it's only low income council tenants who are finding rent increases hard to keep up with people who have a slightly higher income and receive little or no help with their rent are in the same boat. Mrs Badger is right we all have to live within our means and economise. Short term loans are not the answer they just cause problems because you have to pay them back with interest leaving less money for next months rent . Janefromsouthend

10:12am Wed 26 Feb 14

disgusted of essex says...

"Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.
"Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat. disgusted of essex

10:31am Wed 26 Feb 14

Bubbsie says...

Its hard for people these days to keep up with constant price increases. But they are lucky to have a council house/flat at £85.28 per week. A lot of private rents are about £150 per week for 2 bedroom flats. Wishing i could get a Council flat lived and worked in Essex my whole life but do not fit the criteria to get on the list.
Its hard for people these days to keep up with constant price increases. But they are lucky to have a council house/flat at £85.28 per week. A lot of private rents are about £150 per week for 2 bedroom flats. Wishing i could get a Council flat lived and worked in Essex my whole life but do not fit the criteria to get on the list. Bubbsie

10:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

Janefromsouthend says...

Bubbsie wrote:
Its hard for people these days to keep up with constant price increases. But they are lucky to have a council house/flat at £85.28 per week. A lot of private rents are about £150 per week for 2 bedroom flats. Wishing i could get a Council flat lived and worked in Essex my whole life but do not fit the criteria to get on the list.
Same here myself and my two sons (both over 18 ) live in a small two bedroom house . Really would like a three bedroom place but can't afford the rent. I couldn't get on the council list because we were considered adequately housed when the boys were younger. Not such a struggle now one of them is helping out with the bills etc, the other is still in education so things are looking up. Might be able to afford that three bedroom place just in time for one or both of them to move out.
[quote][p][bold]Bubbsie[/bold] wrote: Its hard for people these days to keep up with constant price increases. But they are lucky to have a council house/flat at £85.28 per week. A lot of private rents are about £150 per week for 2 bedroom flats. Wishing i could get a Council flat lived and worked in Essex my whole life but do not fit the criteria to get on the list.[/p][/quote]Same here myself and my two sons (both over 18 ) live in a small two bedroom house . Really would like a three bedroom place but can't afford the rent. I couldn't get on the council list because we were considered adequately housed when the boys were younger. Not such a struggle now one of them is helping out with the bills etc, the other is still in education so things are looking up. Might be able to afford that three bedroom place just in time for one or both of them to move out. Janefromsouthend

10:42am Wed 26 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

disgusted of essex wrote:
"Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.
Not to mention the deposits either.

People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.
[quote][p][bold]disgusted of essex[/bold] wrote: "Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the deposits either. People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector. Happy Chickie

12:39pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
disgusted of essex wrote:
"Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.
Not to mention the deposits either.

People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.
Grateful that they are allowed to live in housing that belongs to the people?
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted of essex[/bold] wrote: "Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the deposits either. People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.[/p][/quote]Grateful that they are allowed to live in housing that belongs to the people? ThisYear

1:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

slap double the increase on those that have dogs and sky tv..... a rent freeze can then be implemented for those that don't......
slap double the increase on those that have dogs and sky tv..... a rent freeze can then be implemented for those that don't...... pembury53

3:26pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

ThisYear wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
disgusted of essex wrote:
"Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.
Not to mention the deposits either.

People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.
Grateful that they are allowed to live in housing that belongs to the people?
Yes they should be grateful they get council housing at such a low rate at all.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted of essex[/bold] wrote: "Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the deposits either. People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.[/p][/quote]Grateful that they are allowed to live in housing that belongs to the people?[/p][/quote]Yes they should be grateful they get council housing at such a low rate at all. Happy Chickie

3:39pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
disgusted of essex wrote:
"Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.
Not to mention the deposits either.

People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.
Grateful that they are allowed to live in housing that belongs to the people?
Yes they should be grateful they get council housing at such a low rate at all.
Grateful to who?
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted of essex[/bold] wrote: "Trying to keep up with private rents" don't make me laugh , my daughter is paying £660 a month to live in a two bedroom flat.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the deposits either. People in council housing should be grateful, the rents are nothing compared to the private sector.[/p][/quote]Grateful that they are allowed to live in housing that belongs to the people?[/p][/quote]Yes they should be grateful they get council housing at such a low rate at all.[/p][/quote]Grateful to who? ThisYear

4:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Chicken feed, most of that lot spend 200 quid a month on fags
Chicken feed, most of that lot spend 200 quid a month on fags carnmountyouknowitmakessense

6:04pm Wed 26 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Just a point are Council rents too low or private rents too high?
Just a point are Council rents too low or private rents too high? John T Pharro

8:04pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Ed Woods says...

I thought the amount of Council rent rises were dictated by Central Government? Over the past few years they have instructed Councils and Housing Associations to raise rents above inflation.
I thought the amount of Council rent rises were dictated by Central Government? Over the past few years they have instructed Councils and Housing Associations to raise rents above inflation. Ed Woods

8:24pm Wed 26 Feb 14

EssexBoy1968 says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Just a point are Council rents too low or private rents too high?
Personally, I'd say that private rents are too high. There needs to be some form of contyrol over the cost of private rents, maybe with a ceiling of no more than 50% more than comparable Housing Association rents (these rents are often a little higher than council rents) without reference to a review panel. Also, there needs to be more social housing with rented or shared ownership properties. Additionally, the cost of buying a house needs to be linked to income in some way unless we are going to accept that property ownership is only going to be open to the rich.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Just a point are Council rents too low or private rents too high?[/p][/quote]Personally, I'd say that private rents are too high. There needs to be some form of contyrol over the cost of private rents, maybe with a ceiling of no more than 50% more than comparable Housing Association rents (these rents are often a little higher than council rents) without reference to a review panel. Also, there needs to be more social housing with rented or shared ownership properties. Additionally, the cost of buying a house needs to be linked to income in some way unless we are going to accept that property ownership is only going to be open to the rich. EssexBoy1968

8:26pm Wed 26 Feb 14

EssexBoy1968 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Chicken feed, most of that lot spend 200 quid a month on fags
Interesting figures - can you provide the details of the study where they came from please?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Chicken feed, most of that lot spend 200 quid a month on fags[/p][/quote]Interesting figures - can you provide the details of the study where they came from please? EssexBoy1968

9:03pm Wed 26 Feb 14

kev1956in says...

EssexBoy1968 wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Chicken feed, most of that lot spend 200 quid a month on fags
Interesting figures - can you provide the details of the study where they came from please?
20 cigs a day at £6.50 a pack. You do the maths.
[quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Chicken feed, most of that lot spend 200 quid a month on fags[/p][/quote]Interesting figures - can you provide the details of the study where they came from please?[/p][/quote]20 cigs a day at £6.50 a pack. You do the maths. kev1956in

9:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

whataday says...

And if you're paying a mortgage its higher and when something goes wrong you've got to find the money to repair it yourself? How do you find thousands for a new roof or windows or central heating repairs etc. when half your money goes on paying the mortgage and you have to find enormouse amounts of money for train fares to get to work then try to pay all the household bills and have a little bit of your wages left for food. Some would appreciate having a council place and not have to worry about finding money for repairs etc. But until you've been on both sides of the fence you can't really make an informed opinion can you
And if you're paying a mortgage its higher and when something goes wrong you've got to find the money to repair it yourself? How do you find thousands for a new roof or windows or central heating repairs etc. when half your money goes on paying the mortgage and you have to find enormouse amounts of money for train fares to get to work then try to pay all the household bills and have a little bit of your wages left for food. Some would appreciate having a council place and not have to worry about finding money for repairs etc. But until you've been on both sides of the fence you can't really make an informed opinion can you whataday

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