Doncaster council house tenants could face above inflation rent rise

Silverwood House council flats, Doncaster.
Silverwood House council flats, Doncaster.

Tenants in Doncaster’s 20,000 council homes could be set to face an above inflation rent rise this year.

Doncaster Council is looking to put the cost of living in its properties up by 2.2 per cent, documents which go before cabinet tomorrow reveal.

Rents would go up from April 6 under the proposals, which would mean an average weekly rent increase of £1.53.

It would lead to an average rent of approximately £70.95 per week, according the Housing Revenue Account budget.

The report states the council provides housing to over 20,000 residents through the housing stock within the housing revenue account.

It added: “The majority of these properties are let at social rents which are currently the lowest within South Yorkshire and they will continue to be after this increase.

“The proposals within this report mean that the tenants of these properties will pay higher rents in 2015/16. Increasing the rents enables the council to continue to provide quality social housing maintained to the Doncaster decency standard and enables new properties to be built to provide additional accommodation for those in need of social housing.”

The rise in rent comes at a time when the Bank of England is forecasting zero inflation.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the inflation was ‘more likely than not’ to turn negative in the spring.

Latest official figures showed it fell to 0.5 per cent in December.