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Opposition as rent hike is passed

Created on 02/02/2011 @ 14:59
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Council House rent will rise by 5.2% in April, despite some councillors claiming the rise is too high
In a meeting of Powys County Councils management board a proposal to set a rent for 2011/12 that reflects guidelines set by the Welsh Assembly was discussed and the council’s board was asked to support a rise of 5.2%.
But Councillor Russell George, speaking on behalf of the Council’s Conservative group, said: “We were not prepared to support such a high increase. An assembly guideline or not, a rise of 5.2% is going to be particularly difficult to ask this group of people to pay at a time when wages are not going up. This is the wrong time to be hiking up Council house rent”
The Conservative proposal put forward for a lower rate was supported by the council’s Labour group. But a rise of 5.2% will take affect form April 4 following the support from other councillors voting for the full increase.
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