Rent rise agreed for Sheffield Council tenants

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Thousands of council tenants in Sheffield will pay a 2.2 per cent rise in their rent costs next year after the rise was agreed.

Thousands of council tenants in Sheffield will pay a 2.2 per cent rise in their rent costs next year after the rise was agreed today.

But Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for housing, told colleagues he wished that it could have been lower or there was no rise at all.
He said: “I wish it could be lower because I know how tough people are finding it and have been finding itin the last four years of extreme austerity,”

The rise is the second lowest for 15 years but concerned residents say that it is another blow.

Coun Harpham said it would have been ‘impossible’ to freeze rents, which rise in line with Government guidelines.

The average extra cost to tenants is £1.64 a week.

Also agreed at the cabinet meeting were plans to build or buy 1,000 new council homes. Work on the first houses, in Darnall and Manor, will begin soon. Meanwhile the council will look at installing 6,000 solar panels on council house roofs to save energy and cut tenants’ bills. Plans will go to full council.