When council tenants get their rent bills in April and see that their rents have gone up by five percent Cllr Bell’s spin won’t sweeten the pill overmuch.
RPI in November was 4.7% so the council is using that as a hook to hang its rent rise on. CPI, which includes rents by the way, was only 3.3%. As it happens the council only needed to raise rents by 3% to meet its commitments. The extra 2% is a sandbag that tenants will have to pay unnecessarily.