Bristol Mayor should intervene in proposed council rent rises on private properties.
I CANNOT believe that Bristol City Council's housing department is disregarding the plight of Bristol homeless by increasing rents on privately rented properties in the area of Stapleton Road. The increase amounting to approximately £20 monthly and due to become effective from April 2013 is intended to be applied to privately rented properties.
It appears to be a ploy to compensate for the loss of Government funding and the Government's freeze on the council tax. It will undoubtedly contribute to difficulties experienced by the homeless in their being able to find somewhere to live.
Residents already carry the burden of the council tax along with essential services i.e. gas, water and electricity and their respective safety certificates. Add to that the agency commission, insurance, mortgage and deposit protection expenses along with repairs and maintenance. In some cases there is the addition of a parking payment too.
At a time when housing benefit is being reduced it is the council who should be helping to reduce these costs. They should not be continually adding burdens on householders who are already struggling to make ends meet. As the elected councillors seem to be failing to support residents in the area they represent I hope sincerely that the freshly elected Bristol mayor can help to halt the ever-spiralling excesses before they get completely out of hand.
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I understand the mayor's proposals to enlist the help of the Bristol's business professionals to improve the council business acumen is not before time.