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Part of Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:30 pm on 3rd May 2016.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party 5:30 pm, 3rd May 2016

The Minister will recall that at the end of last year, in Committee, there were a number of exchanges about housing co-operatives. As a result of changes in the Bill, housing co-ops that own properties are largely exempt from many of its provisions, whereas those that manage properties on behalf of local authorities will still be badly hit by many of the provisions. Potentially, housing co-op properties will be among the 100,000-plus properties currently owned by councils that are likely to be lost as a result of the Bill.

Might the Minister be willing to make a commitment, before the Bill returns to the other place, to look again at the specific impact on co-ops that manage properties on behalf of councils?