Decision details

Housing Revenue Account: Review of Rents and Other Charges 2023/24

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet will be asked to consider the HRA estimates and rent levels for Council properties for 2023/24, together with service and other related charges, and also to approve the rolling 30-year HRA Business Plan setting out how the Council intends to fund its stock investment, estate regeneration and new build plans.


Cabinet resolved to:


(i)  Agree that rents for all general needs secure, affordable and sheltered housing accommodation be increased by the below-inflation rate of 7%, from the current average of £100.97 per week to £108.04 per week; 


(ii)  Agree the following service charges for tenants:




Proposed Weekly Charge 2023/24


Grounds Maintenance









Estate Lighting









Safer Neighbourhood Charge



TV aerials




(iii)  Agree that charges for communal heating and hot water increase by 109% based on estimated charges, as follows:


Property size

Weekly Charge 2022/23

Weekly Charge 2023/24

Annual Charge 2023/24





1 bedroom




2 bedroom




3 bedroom




4 bedroom





(iv)  Note that water and sewage charges shall be increased by the provider, currently estimated at a combined rate of 7.8%; and


(v)  Agree that the above charges take effect from 1 April 2023.

Report author: Katherine Heffernan

Publication date: 18/01/2023

Date of decision: 17/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 17/01/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/01/2023

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