Channel 4 Programme To Highlight Cost Of Duchy Housing In Scilly

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall in Scilly

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall in Scilly

A Channel 4 documentary will tonight highlight the amount paid by Duchy of Cornwall tenants in Scilly.

But the Secretary of Duchy Tenants’ Association, Richard McCarthy, says there are fewer complaints about their rental rates compared to 10 years ago.

The producers of the Dispatches programme are focusing on Prince Charles’ property portfolio in ‘The Prince And His Secret Properties’, which is airing at 8pm.

It follows the tabling in the House of Lords of the Duchy Reform Bill, by FRIST member Lord Berkeley’s, who is aiming to transform the organisation into an accountable body working for locals.

National papers have today quoted figures from last year’s Council Tenancy Strategy, provided by Cllr McCarthy. They reveal that the average rent for Scilly’s 108 council homes is £70 per week.

Richard says the rents are low because they’re based partly on a formula related to the original build cost and most of the authority’s stock was built 50 years ago or more.

Our housing association tenants are charged an average of £100, while the he Duchy charges an average £130.

Richard told us that the average cost of private rental here is £160 but that figure, more than the Duchy average, hasn’t been included in press reports.

And the weekly rental costs for some of the new housing association properties are on a par with the Duchy.



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