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GRAVESEND CHURCHES HOUSING ASSOCIATION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 717A1: tabled on 20 February 1992

Tabled in the 1991-92 session.

This motion has been signed by 6 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Clive Soley on 19 February 1992. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes that the rent increases determined by the rent officer, who is statutorily independent of Government, were set in accordance with the rules laid down in the Rent Act 1977 of the then Labour Government which required that "local conditions" be taken into account; recognises that what concerns tenants is the amount due after rent rebate; and recalls that the funds dedicated by the Government to rent rebates have doubled in real terms since 1979.'.

Original motion text

That this House condemns the rent increase imposed by the rent officer on secure tenants (those who have had their tenancy since before part 1 of the Housing Act 1988 came into force) of Gravesend Churches Housing Association; notes that tenants are facing increases of ú10 to ú12 a week or between 30 per cent. and 50 per cent. and they are paying approximately 25 per cent. more in rent than local authority tenants in comparable accommodation; and further notes that this is contrary to the Housing Corporation's advice to housing associations contained in circular 60/89 on rent policy and principles for almost all new housing association tenancies which states that 'Registered housing associations are subject to the over-riding requirement of the Tenant's Guarantee that rents must be set and maintained within the reach of people in low paid employment.'