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Council Housing: Rents

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate the effect on the change in the level of rents in each local housing authority in 2009-10 if the relevant month for the purpose of including inflation in her Department’s guideline rent increase was (a) October, (b) November and (c) December 2008. (255372)

No. Decisions on rent levels are a matter for each local housing authority.

The national average guideline rent increase within the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) subsidy determination for 2009-10, consulted upon in October and issued on 18 December 2008, was based upon Government policy for social rents and on information available at the time, with full consideration of affordability for tenants. It would not be appropriate to estimate in retrospect the possible impact of changing inflation rates on individual guideline rents for local authorities.