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Extra costs for Council tenants

by gwynethdeakins on 2 February, 2017

Although Council tenants will be getting a rent reduction of 1% by order of the Government, Redbridge is putting up other charges that they have to pay.

The Council is proposing to charge its tenants who have equipment like stairlifts in their homes, £1.64 per week for their maintenance – whilst the Housing Revenue Account has a £432,000 underspend this year. Lib Dems have challenged this, Labour voted for it.

And Lib Dem Cllr Gwyneth Deakins has urged the Council not to implement a planned £3.35 per week increase in the standing charge paid by tenants on the Orchard Estate.  This would more than double the existing standing charge and is said to be needed to pay for ‘maintenance’ of the system.  Gwyneth says ‘I cannot understand why only now has it emerged that this cost apparently needs to be covered.  Ever since the new heating and hot water system was installed we have had Council officers telling us that it had all been fixed and then another problem comes along.

‘The new system has undoubtedly provided much cheaper and better heating and hot water to the Estate, but we have had to fight the Council all the way to make sure that the charges to residents are kept to a minimum.’

An urgent meeting of councillors is planned to investigate the latest issue.

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