Results 1–20 of 1566 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dominic Raab

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: I congratulate the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) on securing this important debate on local authority housing. It is a pleasure to speak in it. I appreciated his thoughtful speech and I was even sympathetic to his yearning for a return to the Macmillan era—although I am not quite sure how far he would go in that regard. He raises a number of important issues and...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: I wish a happy birthday to my hon. Friend’s housing association, and I commend housing associations and local authorities up and down the country that have the ambition to get the homes built. We will do our bit as central Government, whether that is on planning reform or infrastructure funding, but we need local authorities to be up for this challenge, so I commend him for the work...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: I say to the hon. Lady and her constituents across the board that we are absolutely restless to create more affordable homes so that they can realise their dream of home ownership. I encourage her and her party not to vote against cutting stamp duty for first-time buyers. I do not think that doubling council tax would be the answer, but I share her aspiration to help precisely those people to...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: We have raised the cap by £1 billion. If we are going to go further, we need to take a more balanced approach and make sure that we are fiscally responsible, as well as giving the leverage and flexibility to local authorities, but we do keep the position under review. Therefore, I recommend that the hon. Gentleman supports his local authority in any bids that it puts forward. I say that...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We are not dogmatic about the vehicle or the form. The nature of the demand will be different from area to area, depending on the demographics and geographic locality, and we need the flexibility to provide the right housing at scale to meet the individual needs of local communities. Under the reinvigoration of right to buy in 2012, local authorities were...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend makes some important points. I am looking forward to the midlands pilot of the housing association voluntary right to buy scheme and to renewing and reinvigorating our commitment to right to buy in that sector. We have been consulting with local authorities and housing associations on their views, and those will be fed into the social housing Green Paper. Of course, the...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Help to Buy equity loan scheme alone helped 116,000 first-time buyers to get on to the property ladder and stimulated the supply of new housing—both key aims of this Government.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: It is good news that Help to Buy has helped more homes to get built. It has contributed to about 14% of new build since 2015. I personally share some of the hon. Gentleman’s concerns about executive pay, but I gently remind him that it was this Government who introduced the corporate governance reforms in August, including to make sure that there is greater transparency and greater...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help To Buy Scheme (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: I think that some factual clarification would help the hon. Gentleman, because four out of five of those benefiting from Help to Buy have been first-time buyers, and three out of five households benefiting from Help to Buy had combined incomes of £50,000 or less. We are on their side; it is a shame that Labour is not.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: Last week, the Government published the national planning policy framework for consultation, which, with clearer guidance to councils and developers, will help to deliver more homes and do so more quickly.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: The good news is that, in 2017, we saw 160,000 new homes registered to be built, which is the highest number since the financial crash. My right hon. Friend is right about speed. The NPPF will help to deliver that through the housing delivery test, and my right hon. Friend for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) is reviewing build-out rates.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Plans (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: In nearly all cases, it is for local authorities to take the final decision on a local plan. In the past two years, 50 local plans were deemed sound by planning inspectors, and one by the Ministry itself.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Plans (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: For all that thunder and lightning, we are investing £23 million to support neighbourhood planning groups. I gently remind the hon. Gentleman that 94% of councils have published local plans, compared with 32% when Labour left office. The previous Labour Government wantonly failed to deliver on encouraging the take-up of local plans, where this Government have succeeded.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Plans (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: The issue is under imminent review. The Secretary of State is giving it his personal attention and a decision will be taken shortly.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Plans (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. We have reinforced the focus on brownfield first, plus things like looking for extra density where it can be provided, through the national planning policy framework. I look forward to his supportive comments during the consultation.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Council Housing (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Government are committed to delivering a new generation of council homes, and we are providing local authorities with the tools and resources to deliver them.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Council Housing (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: For the record on the hon. Gentleman’s figures, local authorities have built over 10,000 homes since 2010-11 compared with under 3,000 in the 13 years of the last Labour Government. We are restless to do much more, and that is why we are raising the housing revenue account borrowing cap by up to £1 billion to make sure that we spur local house building as far and as wide as we can.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Council Housing (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: It is a good question, and probably one for a symposium with everyone from developers to planners. The reality is that we want to see a stabilisation in house prices. We need to build more homes and deal with some of the demand issues that have been raised. There is no single answer; we have to yank every lever at our disposal 20% or 30% harder.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Land Banking (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: Over 1 million homes have been delivered since 2010, but we are taking forward a range of reforms to build even more homes more swiftly, including under the national planning policy framework, which was published last week.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Land Banking (12 Mar 2018)

Dominic Raab: I welcome that scrutiny. It is very difficult to establish a negative in the way the hon. Gentleman suggests, but I can reassure him, first, that we have the housing delivery test in the NPPF, which will focus local authorities and developers on the delivery of new homes, and, secondly, that there is the review by my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) into...


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