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Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Finance (3 Feb 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the title is of the programme of £437 million in funding that will be allocated to tackling homelessness; and how much will be allocated to each part of that programme.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Appointments: Standards (3 Feb 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the due diligence process for public appointments following the resignation of Benita Mehra from her role as a panel member on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: I beg to move, That this House notes with concern that the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of England has more than doubled since 2010 and that the number of homeless children in temporary accommodation has risen to 127,000; further notes that the number of people dying homeless in England and Wales has risen to 726 people a year; recognises that by contrast there was an...

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: My hon. Friend is right. I believe that Members on both sides of the House will tell this afternoon of some of the local and individual tragedies behind the national statistics. He is quite right that every one is a tragedy and every one is a travesty. Many are preventable. It cannot be acceptable for any of us in this House, in this day and age, that over 700 people died homeless in our country.

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: Wishes are not enough. The right hon. Gentleman has been around long enough to know that it is important to will the means. He has also been around long enough to remember that in 1997, when I was elected, Labour took on a country where homelessness was high and rising, mass rough sleeping was widespread, and tent cities were common in parts of central London, directly as a result of deep...

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As I said, this is a Government in denial about the root causes of high and rising homelessness, and she puts her finger on a very important root cause. It used to be the case that government in Britain was based on evidence—we had evidence-based policy making—but all the evidence about universal credit is that it leads to higher levels of debt and...

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: My hon. Friend is right. This shames us all—in government, in opposition and across the country. We need a new national mission to tackle homelessness, not just a new determination from Government. It cannot be done without Government. The free market solutions that we have too often seen over the last 10 years have failed—indeed, we have seen failure on every front on homelessness over...

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: Quite honestly, I do not know where to start. For the thousands of people who will sleep out tonight, the level of the housing market is a long way from their concern. If the hon. Gentleman does not like the points that I am making and regards them as political point scoring, let me give him some straight facts. Directly as a result of Ministers’ decisions over the last 10 years, 86,000...

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: I do indeed. The Government published statistics yesterday that, in a sense, show the very scale of the point my hon. Friend rightly makes. When I stood on the other side of the Chamber as Labour’s last Housing Minister in 2009, 120,000 more social rented homes were let in that year than last year. That is an indicator of how short social housing is and how chronic the crisis that we face is.

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: I am going to make some progress now because so many hon. Members on both sides want to speak. Our homelessness crisis now, as it was in the 1990s, is the direct result of decisions taken by Conservative Ministers over the previous decade. There have been 13 separate cuts to housing benefit, including the hated bedroom tax, and the breaking of the link between the level of housing benefit and...

Homelessness (29 Jan 2020)

John Healey: I have bad news for my hon. Friend. I hope she was not listening to Ministers recently when they said that they are ending the benefits freeze and that housing benefit will rise again. In April, housing benefit will rise at the level of the consumer prices index, which is 1.7%. In my hon. Friend’s constituency, many people, both in work and out, who rely on housing benefit in the private...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Fire Extinguishers (28 Jan 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate has made of the (a) number of new buildings each year that will be required to fit sprinklers in the event that the height threshold for sprinklers is reduced to 11 metres and (b) cost to developers of that work.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Insulation (28 Jan 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral statement of 20 January 2020, how many additional buildings will be affected by the statement that ACM cladding with an unmodified polyethylene core should not be used on buildings at any height.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Safety (28 Jan 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral statement of 20 January 2020 in relation to the commissioning of a matrix of risk that will (a) replace the existing system and (b) underpin future regulatory regimes, who he plans to commission to undertake that work; if he will publish the terms of reference for that work; and what the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Regulations (23 Jan 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much additional funding his Department plans to allocate to the Health and Safety Executive for the establishment of the new Building Safety Regulator.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Fire Prevention (23 Jan 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of buildings that are operating (a) waking watch and (b) other interim fire safety measures; and what the average cost is of the operation of those measures.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Safety (23 Jan 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the Building Safety Bill.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report (21 Jan 2020)

John Healey: This is a grave and important debate. I welcome the Government time for it, but I regret that the Prime Minister is not here to lead it. The public inquiry into Grenfell reports to him; it is the Prime Minister’s responsibility. A national disaster on the scale of the dreadful Grenfell tower fire demands a national response, on a similar scale. That has not happened, and that too is the...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report (21 Jan 2020)

John Healey: I do indeed welcome the ban, which we argued for for some time. It was something the Hackitt report did not recommend, but Ministers wisely decided that they would not follow that recommendation. It is a no-brainer that we should not be putting combustible cladding on the sides of buildings in that way. I welcome some of the action that has been taken. I know that the Secretary of State is...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report (21 Jan 2020)

John Healey: My right hon. Friend anticipates the argument I was going to move on to. For such leaseholders, the situation he outlines assumes that they can sell in the first place and that the wannabe buyer can get a mortgage. Many are finding now that they are trapped in these blocks. Some of the steps the Secretary of State is now taking may help with this, but, fundamentally, there is a serious flaw...


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