Baroness Pinnock

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)

Liberal Democrat

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  • Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - Committee 19 Jun 2018

    I thank everybody for a really interesting and stimulating debate. My noble friend Lord Shipley raised some issues. I am glad that my proposal has gained support because this affects all areas of the country that have large numbers of second homes, including in the north—the Lake District, for instance. We have all noted the new definition of “seriously considered”. I look...
  • Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - Committee 19 Jun 2018

    My Lords, this amendment seeks definitions of the terms “unoccupied” and “substantially unfurnished” dwellings. On the face of it, the descriptions pose no difficulties of interpretation—but in practice that is far from the position. Is a dwelling unoccupied if it is used for, say, all but two or three weekends in a year? Does that usage enable the property to be...
  • Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - Committee 19 Jun 2018

    I thank everybody for contributing to this debate. The escalator idea was a bit of a shot in the dark and it has generated some useful comments. I am grateful to the Minister for responding relatively positively to the idea. I absolutely support the energy performance amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Stunell. It is a pity that the Minister thinks that it will be too difficult to...

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 27 October 2014

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government) (since 28 Oct 2016)
  • Member, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (since 12 Jun 2015)

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