Over 17,000 council tenants in Wandsworth will be more than £400 a year worse off on average following a rent increase decision by Wandsworth council. Tory councillors voted to hike up rents by an average of 7.4%, having rejected a motion put forward by Labour for a lower increase.
Labour’s housing spokesperson, Councillor Mark Thomas said:
“Wandsworth tenants already pay the highest council rents in the country. This inflation busting increase will cause real hardship, and shows just how out of touch the Tories are at a time when ordinary residents are struggling to cope with the rising cost of living.”
The Tories also voted down a Labour proposal to help ease the housing crisis in the borough by earmarking additional money from the sale of housing assets for the provision of new council and housing association properties. Cllr Mark Thomas added:
“With so many residents on the council’s housing waiting list, it’s vital that we build more council and housing association homes. Given the council’s poor track record in this area, it’s disappointing the Tories are not willing to take on board practical proposals to help ensure that Wandsworth performs better in future.”