Council tenants to have say on rates

ANGUS Council have arranged a series of sessions to allow tenants to discuss the annual rent rise consultation with housing officers.

The arrangement has been made between the council’s housing and library services and the first will be held in Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose libraries on Monday, December 10 between 4 and 6.30 p.m.

Interested tenants can book a time to talk to staff and gain in-depth information on rents by contacting the ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.

In addition, the tenants will have the opportunity to learn more about the lending, learning and IT opportunities available in their local library.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “Angus Council’s rents are the fourth lowest of any Scottish local authority.

“We know that the economic situation is tight for our tenants, just like everyone else, so that’s why this year’s rent rise options have been kept at or around the rate of inflation.

“Communicating clear information to our tenants about rents and changes to benefits is vital if we are to help prevent an increase in rent arrears.

“Helping tenants with free internet access will become especially important next year when universal credit is introduced as tenants will need to make applications for benefits on-line.

“Having people become more familiar with their libraries will be a life-line for people who don’t own a computer or smart phone.”

Tenants will be able to choose their preferred rent rise options of 2.2 per cent, 2.7 per cent or 3.2 per cent, from information in the forthcoming tenant newsletter.

The newsletter will be delivered to 7,775 households at the beginning of December, and tenants are invited to let the council know their preferred rent rise option by returning the tear off slip in the free return envelope provided.

The newsletter will include a new library feature recommending the best new adult and children’s books.

It will also let tenants know how to make use of the free internet access available at Library learning centres and encourage people to make more use of the free services available at their local library.