This week 30 years ago: MP Chris Smith’s council rent hike warning
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Rents were set to rocket for Islington Council’s 40,000 tenants after the Conservative election victory.
Islington South and Finsbury MP Chris Smith warned the increase could be as much as £10 a week (£25 in today’s terms).
His fears were based on the Tory campaign in which ministers said local authorities should not be allowed to subsidise housing from general rate funds. Islington had a £32million fund to keep rents down.
He said: “Thousands of families struggling to get by on low incomes will become much worse off.”
Mr Smith was re-elected with a majority of 805 over second-placed Social Democrat George Cunningham. He was supported by 102-year-old former suffragette Catherine Griffiths, after which Catherine Griffiths Court in Clerkenwell is named.
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But her presence was overshadowed after a policewoman was struck by lightning.