Higher cleaners' pay unlikely to spike fees
Town councils chief explains impact of new law, other factors on S&C fees
Housing Board residents need not worry that higher pay for cleaners alone will lead to higher service and conservancy (S&C) charges.
Town councils say that higher cleaning costs on their own will not lead to higher fees, as cleaning charges make up only a fraction of estate maintenance costs.
Rather, any fee hike would come because estate maintenance costs have risen and some town councils have not raised S&C fees in a decade.
Under a new law kicking in later this year, cleaning firms must pay cleaners minimum basic wages according to the jobs they do.