Peterborough City Council has rejected a claim that it is subsidising slum landlords with taxpayers’ money following an accusation by the local MP.
Stewart Jackson, the Conservative MP for Peterborough, last week accused Peterborough City Council’s of using £1.2m of public money from the capital budget to help “slum landlords” in Peterborough with repairs.
But cabinet member Councillor Irene Walsh has rejected Jackson’s accusations.
In a letter to the Peterborough Telegraph, Cllr Walsh wrote: “The taxpayer will not be footing the bill as any loan to improve a property must be repaid in full to the council before the landlord receives any future rent.
“This is not a subsidy for ‘slum’ landlords. The policy clearly states that an applicant for funding must not have been the subject of any Housing Act enforcement action or convictions.”