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Rent gone up by nearly £20 a week

Rent has gone up this year by nearly £20 a week and thats not with council tax. That is for a 2 bed room house.  Mortgages have stayed the same for years but Islington council continue to put rent up, even though wages haven't gone up.

 So the rich are ok and the poor stay poor.

Islington council = vile.


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Douglas N
Im not to sure. All around me the rents are at least double what I have to pay. I feel quite lucky that I have a council flat.
Gordon M
I agree with Douglas, the people who have a real problem are the squeezed middle. Not able to get on the housing ladder as house prices in Islington continue to rise but not eligible for lower rent social housing. Consequently forced to rent in the private sector where a small one bedroom flat above a noisy restaurant costs more than £1000 per month.
Xyn X
Agree with Douglas and Gordon. You should look at the the rent/prices in private sector. The purpose of social housing is to ensure that everyone have access to a decent place to live in, which you do. The purpose is not for you to become rich by paying subsidized rent.

'Vile' is a strange way to describe people who are helping you, even if they did raise the rent a little.
Jan D
Hi Paul
Sorry to tell you this but you are very lucky to have a council flat
Thousands would want to be in your place ( literally)
We need about 2-3 million homes built at rents people can afford on middle to low incomes.
Let us not get into arguments about who is lucky or not.
New controlled rent/council housing is almost at a standstill, rent conrols on private rents were removed and look where we are. Home-ownership has dropped belowthe 50% mark and is expected to fall futher. We have a generation growing up, saddled with student debt, or lacking reasonably paid work.
There is a real attack on those living in council housing. So a few facts. most people living in council housing are working or retired after a lifetime in low paid work. the rents are not subsidized. The term subsidy was given to the money handed to local authorities.First all rents collected were given to the Exchequer, then this was divided and returned to LAs and called subsidy. Long term loans given for orginal building has long been paid back. (of course some LAs will have greater or lesser proportion of people on benefit). This system of collecting & redistributing has now ended and LAs keep their rents, so very poor LA's will struggle.
I can only provide info on my own local authority - the City of London who has a number of housing estates. Its income from services charges on private housing is £1,000,000 p.a., its income from council housing rents & service charges £10,000,000. Guess who pays for the upkeep and maintenance of housing and investment in new developments.
I really hope everyone needing a place to live they can truly afford get one in the future, Affordable Housing is a terrible term, £2 million is ok if you have the money, £400 a month is too much if you don't have it.
Vile Islington? We need to understand the pressures they are under with cuts to income before we judge.
Douglas N
@ Christo
I agree to moving the conversation off of who is "lucky" or not. My initial comment was a knee jerk response. But I have to say I feel "lucky" as I couldn't afford to live in London at present with the rental costs at the moment without being "lucky" enough to have a council flat. 

This does open the conversation up to what is happening with basic housing provision in a large capital city that can not function without the support of low paid workers. Especially the question around what "affordable" means in new redevelopment projects. Maybe its a good thing that the frenzy of flipping houses and the free money that the bubble brought is over. Do we sit around and watch the same thing happen all over again but this time with offshore money as the majority of people renting in the private sector in "up and coming" areas find their security up for sale to the highest bidder. Once housing is a commodity on the international market what happens to those who cant play the game?

Apologies for all the italics


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