On Wednesday 17th March Conservatives on the City Council brought an emergency motion to lower the average rent increase from 6.2% to 3.1%. This move was made possible following a successful campaign by Southampton tenants and local Conservative councillors to get a fairer deal for tenants from the government. Year after year Labour having been forcing up local rents well above the rate of inflation.
In the next year the Labour government will take £4.1million out of the council tenants rents to spend elsewhere in the country. If it wasn't for the successful campaign by local tenants and Conservative councillors this figure would have been a staggering £5.8m! This is money which could be spent on home improvements for local people.