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Minister justifies public sector rent rise

Means-testing on cards - despite 'obstacles'

The infrastructure minister has defended imposing an across-the-board rent rise for public sector housing tenants. 

Rents will go up by 2% from next April, a figure Ray Harmer says his department arrived at after consulting with the Island's housing authorities.

In the House of Keys today, Onchan MHK Rob Callister said tenants on low fixed incomes had effectively been ignored - as the latest rise will not take into account their ability to pay.

Mr Harmer said means-testing remains on the political agenda - and insisted the rise, "between zero and RPI" was fair:

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