Council Rent Consultation 2016-17

Closed 30 Nov 2015

Opened 19 Oct 2015

Feedback updated 29 Jan 2016

We asked

Every year we ask Council tenants for their views on how their rent should be spent. This year we asked how we could help to reduce their living costs by investing and delivering housing services differently.

You said

There is strong support for a new approach of prioritising investment to support tenants to save money. More than three quarters of tenants who responded to the consultation said their top priorities would be:

  • Building more Council homes.
  • Offering cheaper energy.
  • Improving energy efficiency of homes.

More details on the consultation results can be found on

We did

Using the outcome of the 'Invest to Save' consultation, we have developed the Council housing budget strategy. The budget strategy will support the expansion of the Council’s house building programme to 8,000 homes over the next 10 years. The budget also includes the delivery of energy efficiency improvements to existing homes, including 3,500 new heating systems and improved insulations insulation in 3,700 homes over the next five years. We will also look to develop tenants other priorities including cheaper broadband and digital services, discount cards and making land available to support tenants to grow food.

All this will be achieved through a combination of making the housing service leaner, making efficiencies in service delivery and through modest rent increases of 2%, ensuring that we keep rents affordable whilst delivering on tenants’ priorities to reduce their cost of living.


Every year we ask Council tenants for their views on how their rent should be spent. This year we want to ask how we can help to reduce your living costs by investing and delivery housing services differently.

The consultation is open until 30 November 2015.


Why your views matter

We know many of you face high living costs and sometimes find it hard to pay for essentials like food and heating. We have been working with members of the Tenants' Panel since June this year to identify possible ways we can invest to help save tenants' money. We want to hear your views on how best to reduce living costs and make rent go further.

Tell us your views by completing the online savings challenge.



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