Mayor looses ally in flat promise

The lord mayor's city hall allies are willing to give up on her bid to offer flats for under five thousand kroner per month

The ground is beginning to tremble under Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard's campaign promise to build 5000 flats for under DKK 5000 kroner in rent in the next five years. Her most important political ally, the Social Liberals, have said they will support a higher rent, if it makes the project more feasible.

The Social Liberals withdrew their support after the plan was been criticised as economically unsustainable by the Consumer Council. The council warned that delaying full payment of the flats in order to offer a lower rent now could trap residents in debt.

Rents as high as DKK 8000 per month might be more realistic, according to Claus Bondam, deputy mayor for environmental and infrastructure issues.

'We want to be sure that we offer something that respectable and financially responsible,' he told daily newspaper Politiken.

Bjerregaard fired back at the Social Liberals' departure by promising that her plan was achievable.

'I want to make it unambiguously clear that no one will end up in debt with the proposal I'm making,' said Bjerregaard. She stated that a monthly rent of over DKK 5000 would ruin the project.

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