Council house rents set to rise by an average of 7.65 per cent

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RENTS for council houses in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings could be increased.

South Kesteven District Council is proposing to hike the rents by an average of 7.65 per cent from April, which would mean an average weekly rent would cost £71.

The proposal will be discussed by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, having consulted with residents.

The cabinet will also discuss plans to take out a 30-year loan to cover the costs of paying £122m to the Government to help clear the national housing debt.

The district council currently pays £7m a year into a pot from council rents and receipts from land sales, which is then redistributed to councils based on need.

But this is being scrapped in April and all the councils which pay into the pot are being asked to clear the debt. They will then be responsible for their own housing stock.

The move does not affect Rutland County Council because it transferred its council housing to association Spire Homes in 2009.