COUNCIL tenants will see a rise in rent of almost five per cent this year under new proposals.
Flintshire councillors will discuss plans to increase weekly rent in council houses by £3.29 per week from April – an increase of 4.6 per cent.
The average rise across Welsh authorities is 4.2 per cent, but the planned April rise is down on last year’s five per cent hike.
More than 2,300 council tenants will be affected by the increase.
A report by Flintshire’s head of finance Kerry Feather, director of community services Neil Ayling and head of housing Clare Budden detailing the rent increases will be discussed by the council’s housing overview and scrutiny committee today.
The report notes that 67.1 per cent of Flintshire’s 7,426 council tenants would face ‘no additional hardship’ as a consequence of the proposed rent increase.
The report said that the increase will be met by housing benefit “subject to claimants’ personal circumstances remaining the same and their households being unaffected by welfare reform”.
It added: “Those tenants who are not currently in receipt of benefit will naturally have to meet the full increase in rent – unless they become eligible for housing benefit.”
Before the start of each financial year, the Welsh Government consults with local authorities on council house rent increases.
Flintshire councillors are recommended to approve the increases at the meeting today, which will also see a rise in garage rents of 4.6 per cent - or 25p per week.