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Council Housing: Rents

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average percentage change in the level of council housing rents her Department is (a) expecting and (b) recommending for 2009-10 over the previous year. (252549)

The Department expects local authorities to follow its policy for social rents, but does not recommend specific rent increases to landlords. Guideline rents for each local authority form part of each year’s Housing Revenue Account Subsidy determination for the purposes of making assumptions about a local authority’s income, and its entitlement to subsidy.

The Department does not expect any particular average actual rent increases for 2009-10. Rent setting is a matter for each local authority landlord.