Cost of council house rents set to rise by three per cent

Council house rents are set to rise by 3.3 per cent.

East Dunbartonshire Council agreed the move at its annual budget meeting.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, convener of Neighbourhood Services, said: “The Housing Revenue Budget includes a 3.3 per cent rent increase, which has been met with broad agreement from our tenants, and sees £3.9 million allocated for the repairs and maintenance of our council houses.

“It was encouraging to see that 73 per cent of respondents to our tenant questionnaire agreed with the rent increase formula, and 76 per cent believed the current rent was fair.”

It was also agreed that £2.3million be earmarked to help achieve the energy efficiency standard for social housing and a further £2.5million go towards roofs, kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring.

An additional £1.9 million has been allocated towards the building of new council houses across East Dunbartonshire.

Councillor Ghai added: “We are on track to meet the housing quality standards for our council houses in the first half of 2015, and are putting measures in place to meet the energy efficiency standards which come into force later in the year. Our investment in new build will see eight projects totalling 114 units beginning in 2015/16 with 43 homes completed.”

Another £300k will be spent on aids and adaptations to assist people to stay in their own homes.