A delayed Christmas present from Sandwell MBC to its 28,000+ council house tenants is a 2% rent rise. The rise is due to take effect in April. Housing chief Labour’s Cllr. Joanne Hadley expressed “great reluctance” to implement the rise but cheered herself up with the consolation it was less than the government cap on rent rises.
It’s legitimate to criticise any rent rise caused by Sandwell’s inept management of its housing stock.