Clause 58 - Enforcement by local housing authorities: general duty

Part of Renters (Reform) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 28 November 2023.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North 11:00, 28 November 2023

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to talk about the variation in performance between local authorities. Enforcement in some of them definitely reflects a variation in interest and concern. Does he also recognise that there is also a fundamental issue of resource capacity for enforcement in local government? As this largely discretionary service is being squeezed by the pressures on local authorities, requiring extra duties from local authorities without resources is a recipe for inaction.