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Swindon Council consults tenants over rent
2:30pm Friday 4th January 2013 in News
SWINDON Council is consulting with its tenants about how much rent they should pay for their homes from April.
The consultation comes after a new system for funding council housing came into force last year.
Under the Government’s Self Financing arrangements, which replaced the subsidy system of council housing finance, the council took on £140m of the national council housing debt from April 1 last year.
Although the council now keeps all the £46m it receives from tenants in rents and service charges, it now needs to pay £5m a year alone in interest on the debt and will need to pay off the £140m while continuing to invest in the council’s housing stock.
Consultation meetings will be on January 10, Swindon Tenants’ Voice at 6pm; January 23, Housing Advisory Forum at 6pm, January 29, Leaseholder Link meeting at 6pm and February 13, The Tenants’ Association for Sheltered Housing at 2pm.
All the meetings will be held at the Civic Offices, in Euclid Street.
People unable get to meetings they can comment on the Swindon Housing Facebook page, write to Housing Services (Rent Consultation), Civic Offices, Swindon, SN1 2JH or email email@example.com.
People can find out more information about the consultation in the council’s Housing Matters publication for tenants, via the e-Housing newsletter and on the Swindon Housing Facebook page.