Baroness Pinnock

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Levelling Up, Communities and Local Government)

Liberal Democrat Peer

Recent appearances

  • Leasehold: Property Management Companies - Question 19 Feb 2024

    My Lords, some freeholders, although not all, treat their leaseholders as a cash cow. I have two examples for the Minister. First, there was a ground rent increase—and there is no value at all to the leaseholder in a ground rent—of 113% this year, which was backdated three years, and the sum was demanded to be paid in full in four weeks. Secondly, there was a 23% increase in service...
  • Local Planning Authorities: Staffing - Question 12 Feb 2024

    My Lords, the Minister mentioned the increase in planning fees, and she is quite right, but when the Government made that increase they knew that it would not cover the costs of planning applications. Can the Minister justify why hard-pressed councils have to take funding from other public services to pay for planning applications?
  • Temporary Accommodation Costs - Question 31 Jan 2024

    My Lords, as the Minister has rightly said, the Government are allocating £1 billion to reduce homelessness. Unfortunately, it is clearly not working, as homelessness is at a 25-year high, with the result that local authorities have to spend increasing proportions of their budget on their statutory duty—which they want to undertake—to house people without a home. For example, Eastbourne...

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 27 October 2014

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Levelling Up, Communities and Local Government) (since 19 Sep 2021)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Public Services Committee (13 Feb 2020 to 31 Jan 2023)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government) (28 Oct 2016 to 18 Sep 2021)
  • Member, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (12 Jun 2015 to 2 Jul 2019)

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