What more rent?

A couple of weeks ago the Ipswich Borough Council’s Labour-run borough’s executive of portfolio holders took just under three minutes to rush through the recommendation and agreed to raise council housing rent by 5.5%, which will cost the average council tenant £4.44 per week – £230 per year and I understand by over £600 since they into office 3 years ago. This totally unjustified rent rise was debated at a full council meeting and whilst Labour Councillors took a bit longer they still pushed it through.

I’ve read various responses to the universal criticism of this Council grab from hard working families struggling to pay their bills and it somewhat reminds me of the comments made by Labour when they were in power at County Hall and increased the Council tax by 11.9% in one year and 18.5% in the next. The core theme of which is along the lines of ‘well we have to, if we are to build more Council houses’, in the county case it was ‘well we have to, if we are to maintain services’. Nonsense then and nonsense now, let’s be clear the funding of new Council housing does not come from council house rents.

I’m not sure if it’s just that they can’t be bothered to take a deep hard look at the way they run the council or they just take a view that they are so efficient how could they possibly re-organise, focus on outcomes, find new ways of working, ditch the dogma and make the council live within its means.

Of course we all watch with interest to see what the Labour controlled Borough Council comes up with in terms of council tax rises. Yet another year of ever rising bills or will they take their lead from the Conservative County Council and the Conservative District and Borough Councils about them and freeze council tax or will they pursue their socialist dogma and yet again sting the people of Ipswich for voting Labour? – we wait to see.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax. Away from Public life I am a 3rd Generation Builder and work in the MMC sector. | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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