I am genuinely surprised that the CCC has voted to continue with its 24% rent rise for social housing. It must represent a first in recent years, in terms of the council deciding to spend less. Hopefully this is the first turn in a possible rate reduction in the near future.
I think the reasoning is sound - in fact I don't believe that social housing should be provided by a local council at all. After all it is the council which has carefully worked to increase land prices in the city to the point where sections are completely unaffordable for most. Most major subdivisions in recent years have been turned down and then fought by the council in court. The CCC has worked assiduously to increase subdivision fees, consent costs, etc. This is not the work of a council which has any regard for the cost of housing. It would be highly hypocritical to spend lots of effort increasing housing costs on the one hand, and subsidise housing for the lucky few.
If we must have social housing, it should be provided by the government, which should also take a careful look at land use restrictions imposed by dodgy councils.
But you have to love this quote from the Rev. Jim McKenna:
"As you consider the motion [to raise rents], I pray that God will grant you the gift of wisdom and compassion."
Perhaps God was busy and they got one without the other.