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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (23 Feb 2018)

Short and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Notification of Local Authorities) Bill - 2nd reading – Karen Buck. Legislation

Social Housing and Regeneration: Earl’s Court and West Kensington (20 Feb 2018)

Karen Buck: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his powerful speech. Does he agree that residents could do a lot worse than learn from the community ownership experience in a neighbouring estate? Walterton and Elgin Community Homes was set up in the face of a threat from Westminster City Council in the late 1980s. It has proved to be one of the most successful and popular models for social housing in the...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Karen Buck: Order. Before the hon. Lady intervenes, I would remind Members that this is not a debate about the health service.

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Karen Buck: I call the Minister, and I would stress my earlier point to him as well.

NHS Winter Crisis: Grenfell Tower (5 Feb 2018)

Karen Buck: The fire risk is obviously the single most important issue, but there are others. Local authorities such as mine are in the process of removing cladding. In one estate alone, the removal, the fire watch and the replacement will cost £6.5 million. Will the Minister assure me that the confusion over the tests will not mean that any local authority, private provider or housing association...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: Three million people live in homes that are unfit, posing a threat to their health and safety. Not only is that hell for tenants but it costs the cash-strapped national health service billions. Last week, the House gave a Second Reading to my Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, which will give tenants new legal rights to act against the worst...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: I rise only to thank the Minister on her first outing at the Dispatch Box for her support, and I also thank the many speakers from across the House—she listed them so I will not do so again—who made important contributions to the debate. They supported the Bill, and also reminded us through a number of examples from their casework just why it is needed. This has been a consensual...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. May I, too, extend my congratulations to you on your birthday, Mr Speaker? It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair. Everyone deserves to live in a safe, warm and comfortable home, yet despite the undeniable progress made over many decades, millions of people—often the most vulnerable—still do not. Currently and...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: My hon. Friend is a mind reader because I was coming to that very point. There is plenty of evidence to confirm that bad housing is a drain on the national health service and—as in so many other areas—if we were able to act more effectively to tackle the causes of bad housing, that would also benefit the NHS.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: I absolutely do. The vast majority of landlords act responsibly towards their tenants, and they have an interest in ensuring that the rogue minority do not get away with irresponsible behaviour. This week, I was pleased to take part in Parliament’s digital engagement process, and our project on housing standards received the best response so far in that important experiment. That is...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: My hon. Friend will not be surprised to know that, as chair of the all-party group on legal aid, I very much agree with her. Many issues relating to advice and legal aid and other aspects of housing need still need to be resolved if the Bill proceeds.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: We expect that tenants whose conditions meet the criteria equivalent to disrepair would be able seek legal aid, and I will be making separate representations about legal aid overall. My hon. Friend and I, and many other Labour Members, feel very strongly about this issue.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: I join the hon. Lady unequivocally in paying tribute to Citizens Advice. It supports the Bill and has written a good briefing about it. I do not want to stray too far from the Bill, but there is a real concern about advice services across the piece, and we must continue to discuss and make representations on that. One concern that underpins my motivation for the Bill is that it is often the...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: There are a number of issues in respect of supporting tenants that are outwith the scope of the Bill and on which I will continue to make representations, including retaliatory eviction. The reality is that local authorities are increasingly cash-strapped. That is one of the reasons that environmental health departments are not able to enforce. In an ideal world, local authorities would be...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: I do, although that issue is also outwith the scope of the Bill. The Bill proposes one important tool for tenants, but there are many others, some of which are being introduced. We will continue to lobby for others in the future. I certainly congratulate Newham Council on its active work in respect of its rogue landlord sector.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. That is one of the purposes of the Bill. Social council tenants do not have the same right as private and housing association tenants, who can go to the local authority, which may or may not enforce. Council tenants cannot that, and the Bill will extend to them the right to seek remedy. As we know, the law in this area is generally outdated and restrictive....

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: My experience of temporary accommodation is that it includes some of the worst conditions that I have ever seen. Tenants who are often increasingly placed away from their own local authority have a lot of difficulty in seeking remedy, which I strongly believe that they should be able to do. What will the Bill actually do? The old obligations on landlords to ensure that a property is fit and...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: How do I answer that? I thank the hon. Gentleman for his and the Government’s support. May I acknowledge those people who have got us to this stage and who support the Bill? There has been broad support for the proposals, for which I am very grateful. Shelter has campaigned strongly, as has Generation Rent. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has leant considerable...

NHS Winter Crisis (8 Jan 2018)

Karen Buck: Of 106 emergency beds at St Mary’s in Paddington, 105 were in continuous occupation over Christmas. Not long ago, a ceiling collapsed in a ward in that hospital. It is coping with a £500 million maintenance backlog—the biggest by far in the country. Will the Minister meet me to discuss how St Mary’s Hospital will be assisted to cope with funding a maintenance backlog...


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