Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Concerns over WCC's market rates trial

5 July 2006

DCM Bulletin

Concerns over WCC's market rates trial

The number of properties in City Housing complexes rented at market rates will increase to 5% after Wellington City Council approved a one year trial last week.

After making a submission opposing the proposal DCM is concerned this scheme will go ahead. The plan will merely increase revenue for council, and will fail to meet its goal of adding more diversity to the mix of tenants.

This view is shared by Council’s Social Portfolio Spokesperson Cr Stephanie Cook who notes that ‘you couldn’t get a more diverse group of people together in one place’ than those who are represented within City Housing properties.

“I didn’t support this proposal and have grave concerns about it. It’s staggering that council can vote on something while knowing little about how it is to be implemented,” says Cr Cook.

The proposal was included as part of the Draft Long Term Plan and was created to provide ‘more working people’ as tenants, and therefore a more diverse mix.

Currently 0.9% of City Housing properties are rented at market rates.

City Housing Manager Vicki McClaren has the job of shaping the proposal. She says the proposal acknowledges that some tenants do fall outside current criteria and will now find it easier to ‘fess up’.

“The way things are at the moment tenants have a disincentive to be honest with council when their yearly reviews are made. Instead we consider this policy may possibly ‘provide stepping stones and further opportunities for tenants,’” says Ms McClaren.

She suggests council may look to work further with central government on affordable housing options as the policy develops.

As many of our clients are housed in council properties, DCM will follow this issue closely, and is eager to dialogue with council further on the matter.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news