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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry, my Lords, but that is not good enough. In the past, local authorities and housing associations have relied on Section 106 but that is largely going to disappear unless some of the amendments that we will discuss later are taken into account. It is no use the Minister saying that she has no reason to think that this will not continue when it will not—unless she can tell us how...

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I have been chair of a modestly sized housing association across Norfolk, and virtually all our new building was under Section 106. Take 106 away and the building will stop—full stop.

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: But, my Lords, the infrastructure in rural villages is already largely in place. We are talking about modest pockets of 10 or a dozen houses here and there. Infrastructure is not the point; that land has come through Section 106 from other private development which is already happening. How are local authorities going to add to the social housing stock when they face huge pressures with no...

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we need to know whether these are affordable homes for rent. Otherwise, what the Minister is doing is using starter homes to embrace the whole concept of affordable homes. That entirely ignores the need for affordable homes to rent. Following my noble friend’s question, can she say specifically whether the percentage of social housing for rent will continue?

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I have a simple question—this is not a speech—to ask the Minister. As far as I can see, the only effective constraint—apart from the price or value of the property—is the age of the applicant for a starter home, who has to be under 40. We all share a common wish to ensure that home ownership is available to people on modest incomes where it makes sense for their lives, but...

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: It is 20%.

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Order. May I ask the noble Lord to give us a second while noble Lords leave the Chamber? We cannot hear anything he is saying and we do not wish to miss a word of it.

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Will the noble Lord not agree that that is because we have taken the clauses out of order?

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Will he not therefore agree that his point is not a valid one?

State Pension Age — Statement (2 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, does the Minister accept that there is a deep unfairness in having a single retirement age irrespective of background? In my home city, two wards one mile apart have a difference in life expectancy of 11 years. Those who are better off receive more state pension for longer and enjoy disability-free years. Will the Minister accept that every time she raises the state pension age,...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (2 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, two-thirds of those affected by the bedroom tax have a disability. Will the Minister tell us what proportion of those people affected—the two-thirds—are actually receiving discretionary housing awards? The money does not stretch to them.

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I support this group of amendments, particularly Amendment 48A, so well spoken to by the noble Lord, Lord Best, and supported by my noble friend Lord Beecham, and the noble Lords, Lord Kerslake and Lord Stunell. A few months back, the Minister took the House very skilfully through the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill. She was extremely responsive to our concerns about the role of...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Each? First, the Minister emphasised “mean” rather than “median”. “Mean” means that three billionaires at the top end pull the figure up, whereas “median” has 50% below that figure. The median is the figure that we use in such debates. The median figure is considerably less than £26,000; it is probably nearer £24,000 for men, and for women it is under £21,000 a year, if...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: We all share the concept of mixed tenures. I built several thousand houses for sale when builders would not and attached 100% mortgages when building societies would not to give people choice. That is fine. My problem, which the Minister has not so far addressed—maybe she will go on to do so—is that by exclusively emphasising starter homes while reducing affordable rent in the housing...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: All of the Section 106 land on which alternative, affordable rented housing would be built will be monopolised—used exclusively for, effectively—starter homes.

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, there are some 9,000 or 10,000 families in Norfolk, waiting patiently on waiting lists for affordable social housing. Why is that demographic not worth thinking about?

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Three-quarters of the money saved goes back to the Exchequer; only one-quarter stays with tenants.

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, what worries me above all is that starter homes are supposed to fly the flag for affordable housing. Behind that is a recognition by the Government that the problem in this country is the lack affordable housing, which in turn is determined by the lack of new and adequate housebuilding. Starter homes are just one part of a complicated jigsaw that the Government are offering us which...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, already social housing landlords—housing associations and so on—are beginning to deal with universal credit tenants. I am not confident of my figures, but I understand that something like 60% of them are in arrears and seeking alternative payment arrangements. Social landlords —local authorities or housing associations—are scrupulous in trying to ensure that vulnerable...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Under the provisions for universal credit—it is something that I regret very much, although it is a structure that I very much support—you are not allowed as a social landlord to start alternative payment arrangements in which there is direct payment to the landlord until there is at least six weeks’ non-payment of rent. It looks to me as though a private landlord can start possession...


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