TENANTS are facing a rent rise of nearly 6% – more than six times the rate of inflation.
Kirklees Council’s cabinet has been asked to put up average weekly payments from £59.07 to £62.47.
The 5.75% increase for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing tenants would come into force on April 6.
Latest figures show inflation is running at just 0.9%.
The cabinet will also consider a series of 5% price rises at its meeting on next Tuesday.
Kirklees officials have proposed increasing average weekly garage rent from £4.10 to £4.30 and parking spaces from £3.52 to £3.70.
Weekly charges for caretakers are due to increase from £5 to £5.25 and for concierges from £11.16 to £11.72.
The council’s deputy leader Clr Kath Pinnock said the Government was forcing Kirklees to impose the above-inflation increases.
She said: “It’s Government policy to bring council house rents in line with the rest of the rented sector over a period of years.”
Clr Pinnock added that tenants in Kirklees would suffer cuts in their service if the council refused to increase rents by as much as the Government demands.
The Cleckheaton Lib Dem said: “It’s a no-win situation. If we don’t put up rent to the level the Government wants, they will cut our housing budget which would mean we had less to spend on maintenance and repairs.
“However much as we don’t want to bring in rises of this magnitude in the current economic climate, not doing so would probably penalise people to the same extent.”
Clr Pinnock added that the Government was using council house rents from Kirklees to subsidise public housing in London. She said: “There’s a bigger scandal here – the way that money from our tenants goes into the Government coffers and is then spent elsewhere in the country. Kirklees is subsidising other parts of the country, particularly London.”
Last year Clr Pinnock claimed Kirklees tenants were paying a “stealth tax” to help people in parts of the country where housing costs are high. She said that from 2008 to 2011 Kirklees tenants would pay £53m in rent but the Government would only give the council £24m for housing in the same period.