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Council budget negotiations collapse
Social house tenants face further uncertainty about their future rents after district council budget negotiations collapsed.
This afternoon Julian Daly, the leader of the St Albans District Council’s Conservative minority administration, threw out amendments proposed by opposition parties.
The main disagreement hinges on the Conservative proposal to increase social housing rent by 5.2 per cent, which the party argues is in line with inflation.
At a meeting on Wednesday (January 30) opposition councillors attacked the plans and put forward an amendment for a reduced rent rise of 3.1 per cent.
The deadlock means the budget will need to discussed and voted on again on at a full council meeting on Tuesday, February 26.
Other amendments included spending more money improving the environment and introducing apprenticeship schemes.
In response to the news Labour Councillor Jacob Quagliozzi described it has “crunch moment for the tories.”
He said: “We are disappointed with the decision and for the second time it seems like they are not listening to the dominant democratic elected parties.”
Councillor Robert Donald, leader of the Liberal Democrats in St Albans, said he was “shocked.” He said:“I’m somewhat amazed.
“It is going against what council voted.
“I think it is creating democratic tension. It is not accepting the majority wishes of council which I think is extremely serious.
“It sets up a constitutional crisis.”