The Ealing Labour group really do like to insult the intelligence of Ealing people. Todayâ€™s press release from Labour on council rents attempts to turn a bare-faced lie into an attack on the Tories. They say:
The Labour administration is proposing a real term freeze by increasing rents only by the level of inflation, which is currently 4.7%.
If you go and look at the National Statistics website you will find that RPI is indeed at 4.7% but CPI, which excludes some housing costs but not rents, is only 3.3%.
If Labour had tried to put up council tax by 4.7% they would have ensured their ejection in 2014. It seems they think that they can punish â€œtheir peopleâ€ with a 5% rise though. Last year the Tories put up council rents by nothing, zero, 0%. It was a freeze, freeze. Not a lying â€œreal term freezeâ€. You can see the cabinet paper here for details.
One of the major planks of Labourâ€™s May 2010 local election campaign was the lie that existing council tenancies would be at risk under the Tories. This is still a lie today. The Labour voters who fell for it are now having to suck up a 5% rise in their rents â€“ the Tory group warned that rents would go up under Labour and so it has proven. Back in May last year I pointed out that Labour had made no manifesto promises about rents and warned that council rents would “shoot up”.