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Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: It would perhaps have been more appropriate if the Minister could have taken the query at the time she was answering questions, as she did with the noble Lord, Lord Taylor. None the less, the point that was being established by the noble Lord, Lord Porter, my noble friend Lord McKenzie and I was that irrespective of one’s views about right to buy—I can absolutely understand the argument...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: But they were raised tonight. I think we have a right to hear what the Minister says so that when we address those subsequent groups, we can take her answer into account.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords—

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: This is a large group and we shall have trouble tracking all the questions that noble Lords want to ask as the Minister goes on from point to point.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The noble Lord has made precisely my point: the housing associations have looked after themselves very well at a cost to local authorities. They knew, as my noble friend Lord McKenzie said at the time, that the bill would be picked up by their partners in social housing, local authorities. As I said, the trade body did its private deal. It looked after itself at great cost, in my view, in...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, if the noble Lord, Lord Best, will forgive me, I am not sure that that is correct. The chief executive of the National Housing Federation said: “How this policy is paid for is a matter for the government, not for the National Housing Federation”. That is known as the washing of hands defence.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I will speak to this group, which includes the clause stand part debate. Last Thursday the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, said that no one was opposed to council house RTB at the time. I was, for one simple reason: we were not allowed to retain the proceeds of sale to replace the stock. As a result we lost 10,000 houses, waiting lists have grown, and families are in unsuitable...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The noble Lord said that the Government would give the grant. Would it not be more accurate to say that the Government would port the grant from local authorities?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I challenge the noble Lord on that. Clause 62 stand part is grouped with this, and that clause establishes the discount scheme.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Given that the debate on whether Clause 62 should stand part is, by consent, grouped with this group of amendments, and Clause 62 establishes the discount scheme for housing association tenants, it is perfectly appropriate in this debate to raise the issue of who pays as well as who gains.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Before the Minister replies to that, perhaps I may follow up the point made by my noble friend Lady Young. What consumer research —that is, purchaser research—have the Government done, as opposed to listening to selective representatives or voices of the building industry? I think that very few consumers, if asked, “Would you prefer to pay £3,000 which you’ll pay off in...

Motability — Question (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I estimate that perhaps 200,000 people who currently have Motability cars will lose them as a result of the PIP activity. Very many of them will appeal, and they will win. Given that the Minister has accepted, admitted and shared with the House that the appeals procedure is infinitely more reliable than the original PIP decision by virtue of the additional information that it has,...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I support my noble friend in his Amendment 50F. If we do not do what my noble friend says and ensure that infrastructure and community support are built alongside housing, we will not be building communities, we will be building estates—and many of us know what that problem has meant. Back in the 1950s, Plymouth City Council built estates. It did not build the infrastructure to go...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Does the Minister have any idea yet whether she is talking about sites accommodating 12 or 20 homes?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Forgive me for interrupting, but can the Minister tell us when we will know what the minimum size is? Will it be measured in hectares or by planning density? Can the Minister give us a feel for this? Are we talking about an acre?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Does the Minister have any idea what sort of numbers she is talking about?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I also support these amendments. As a child and as a teenager, I was brought up in a village in south Devon of what we used to call “150 souls”. For some time in the 1970s and 1980s I was a parliamentary candidate in a constituency with a large number of rural villages. As we went round from village to village, there were half a dozen council houses here and half a dozen...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: But the easy way around that is that you pay £20,000 or £25,000 for the white goods and the carpets. There is no problem in doing that; it is easy.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Can the Minister explain something? I think most of us would sympathise with trying to find the best way to help people into owner-occupation, particularly given the pressure of house prices. We could argue whether it should be equity loans, starter home discounts of 20% or anything else, but why this sudden fixation with mobility for people who are no longer first-time buyers but second-time...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: But why?


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