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MORE FLEXIBILITY IN SETTING LOCAL AUTHORITY RENTS, ANNOUNCES YOUNG

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Proposals aimed at giving councils more flexibility in setting rents and improving their stock were announced today...
Proposals aimed at giving councils more flexibility in setting rents and improving their stock were announced today by Housing Minister Sir George Young.

Under current rules, local authorities can inadvertently lose housing subsidy on rebates when reviewing rents, and when giving tenants a choice about improvements and services.

Sir George said: 'We propose that authorities should be exempted from the rules and lose no subsidy, provided their policies on rents and improvements are open and reasonable and satisfy the local auditor.

'These changes will help authorities to set reasonable and flexible rents, and involve tenants more in decisions about improvements to their homes, while continuing to protect the Exchequer.

'This is in line with the principles of the Citizens' Charter and I hope local authorities and their tenants will welcome the proposals.'

The proposed changes are to the Housing Subsidy rules, and cover the Disproportionate Rent Increase and Modular Improvements rules. Subject to the views of authorities they would be introduced from next April.

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