The ruling Liberal Democrat Group on Cambridge City Council, which is finely balanced between Liberal Democrat and Labour control, had their plans for the City’s Housing Budget for 2014/15 overturned on 16 January by the Council’s Housing Management Board which is made up of councillors and tenant representatives. The Budget will now be sent to the Liberal Democrat Council Leader, Tim Bick, for a final decision on accepting it.
Councillor Kevin Price, Labour’s Lead on Housing, said: “We were very pleasedthat our amended Budget went through on a majority vote. We have ensured that our tenants will get a fair deal and increased investment in external areas which have been sadly neglected for years. City Home tenants have seen their rent rise by over 24% in the last four years alone and face many other pressures on their income with high heating and food bills. Our proposals recognise this by reducing the proposed rent increase from the Liberal Democrats and looking for greater savings in management and other areas from 2015.”
Cllr Price added: “Rather than force through their own Budget and higher rents, the Liberal Democrats and their Housing Executive Councillor, Catherine Smart, should reflect on the clear message that has been given. Tenants agree with Labour’s view that there needs to be a rebalancing of the budget to give today’s tenants a fair deal for every penny they pay us and not simply rehash the same tired old ideas from the Liberal Democrats each year. We will build for future tenants but not at the expense of our present tenants.”