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AMA CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF COUNCIL RENTS

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Government plans to dictate the level of council house rents and ignore local wishes have been condemned by the Ass...
Government plans to dictate the level of council house rents and ignore local wishes have been condemned by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

Local government minister David Curry revealed the plans in a written answer this week. He wants to cap rents and withdraw housing benefit subsidy from any authority which defies the cap.

AMA housing committee chair Margaret Moran said: 'Another local power has been taken over by central government. Councils can no longer set rent levels, after consulting their tenants, which reflect local needs.

'If they do dare to break the cap then they will be punished by the loss of housing benefit subsidy which, as it is received by two thirds of council tenants, will prove a further blow to local authorities already facing a cash limited housing subsidy next year which threatens rent rises above the rate of inflation.'
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