THE DEPUTY LEADER OF Thurrock Council rebelled last night over what was described as the “scandalous’ increase in rent for Thurrock council housing next year.
Grays councillor, Valerie Morris-Cook took the unilateral decision not to recommend a 7.1% increase in rent as well as a 5.6% increase in central heating charges.
Presenting the recommendations, portfolio holder, cllr Andy Smith said: “This is a scandalous rent increase but it is imposed upon us by central government.
“Many people will suffer because of this. There are also many people who may be on benefits and so the government will pick up the tab anyway.
“I know that the leader has written to the housing minister (Grant Shapps).