The survey seeks to gather people’s views on potential rent increase options for the coming financial year, helping tenants inform Councillors’ decisions when the results are presented to a future meeting of Stirling Council.
Rent affordability remains a key concern for both tenants and the Council in balancing any rent increases against the need to invest in its stock and continue to build much needed new homes to help meet the demand for affordable social housing in Stirling.
The Council is acutely aware of the financial pressures faced by many of our tenants who have been affected by Covid-19 and have looked at many options in order to keep the rent burden on tenants as low as possible, whilst minimising the impact on service delivery.
Two options on future rent levels
The cost of running the Housing Service is estimated to rise by £516,000 in 2021/22. This takes into account budget efficiency savings which must be made, employee costs, inflation and increased loan charges.
Two options have been put forward in the consultation, representing average increases of £0.98 per week or £1.60 per week.
Get involved and have your say
Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Evelyn Tweed, said: “Given the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges facing our tenants, it is more important than ever that decisions on matters as significant as rent increases are made in consultation with our tenants.
“Our rent charges are among the lowest in Scotland and to continue repair and maintenance levels across our 5,700-plus homes, and meet increased running costs, we need to consider the impact of this on our rent charges each year.”
Depute Portfolio Holder, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “Responses to the consultation have a direct impact on the council’s rent setting process and this year, under the present circumstances, it is even more important for tenants to take part. I’d encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.”
Depute Portfolio Holder, Councillor Alasdair MacPherson said: “We want to hear your thoughts so we understand what your priorities are and can help Councillors make an informed decision at next year’s budget-setting meeting.”
Give your views by 5th January
The survey is open until 5pm on Tuesday 5th January 2021.
As well as taking part in the rent consultation, there are other opportunities for you to have your say, including:
- Attending your local Registered Tenant Organisation (RTO) meeting (online due to COVID-19)
- Becoming a member of our Tenant Panel and/or Tenant Voices
For more information on any of the options above, please contact our Quality and Performance Team on 01786 237 691.