Results 1–20 of 410 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nigel Adams

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: Temporary accommodation provides an important safety net and ensures that no child is left without a home. In 2011, we changed the law so that councils can place families in decent and affordable private rented homes. This now means that homeless households should not have to wait as long for settled accommodation and should spend less time in temporary accommodation.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: First, I acknowledge the work the hon. Lady did before coming to the House, working for Shelter Scotland, which is an organisation we work with very closely on wider homelessness, most recently on our rough sleeping strategy. We acknowledge there has been an increase—a 2% rise in the latest figures to March 2018. No one wants to be in temporary accommodation too long, especially...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: We are committing an enormous amount of money—£1.2 billion over the spending period—and we expect local authorities to follow the example of councils such as Barnet, which has managed to achieve that reduction. I encourage the hon. Gentleman to talk to his local authority and perhaps to approach Barnet to see an example of best practice.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: My hon. Friend makes a superb point. I can be absolutely clear from the Dispatch Box that local authorities must take account of circulars. It does seem nonsensical that councils are taking this approach. Youngsters are being taken away from their local areas and their schooling is being affected.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold System (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: The Government want the leasehold system to be fair and transparent so that a person feels their home is their own. We will legislate to ban the sale of new leasehold houses and to reduce ground rents to a peppercorn as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold System (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: My hon. Friend raises a very important issue. I congratulate her on her work, with her colleagues, on an ongoing campaign in this area, not least via the all-party group on leasehold and commonhold reform. We will shortly announce our response to the Law Commission report on tackling event fees to help those in retirement housing. The Law Commission will also consult on how we can make it...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold System (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: The hon. Lady makes a very good point. We also welcome the Law Commission proposals, which include recommendations to ensure that we make leaseholds cheaper and fairer. The Government will continue to work with the Law Commission to ensure that this practice continues and we get a better outcome for leaseholders.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold System (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: My hon. Friend raises an absolutely important issue. Leaseholders are facing massive bills over cladding following Grenfell. Families are going to lose their homes and are faced with enormous bills; we should be helping them and are determined to do so. In the private sector, remediation costs will fall naturally to the freeholder. Where they do not, we have urged those with responsibility to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold System (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: Of course, certain contractual obligations are already in train. We have made it absolutely clear that no more public money will be used in such a way.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Housing: Leasehold (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: The Government cannot see any good reason for new-build leasehold houses other than in exceptional circumstances. Earlier this month the Secretary of State announced that no new Government money will fund them. We intend to consult over the summer on how a ban on new leasehold houses will be implemented.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Housing: Leasehold (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: The hon. Lady raises an important point, and that is why we are acting: we are introducing legislation to stop the development of new-build leasehold houses and will restrict ground rent to a peppercorn. We are also planning to fix the loopholes in the law, to increase transparency.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Housing: Leasehold (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: That is why I mentioned the issue of transparency. It is very important that leaseholders get as much information as is practically possible. We are currently working with the Law Commission on how best to support current leaseholders because we want to make buying a freehold easier for people going forward, but we also want to ensure that those with leases are helped out.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: This Government are serious about tackling homelessness, which is why we have allocated more than £1.2 billion to tackle homelessness to 2020. We have implemented the most ambitious legislative reform in decades: the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. We have also committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and to ending it by 2027, and we will shortly be publishing a strategy that sets...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (23 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: I know how seriously the hon. Gentleman takes this issue, and I am very encouraged by the work he is doing collaboratively with his local authority and organisations such as Chester Aid to the Homeless and Share. They will welcome, as I am sure he does, the £1.15 million that has been recently provided to help on this issue. Like me, he will be encouraged by the latest figures, which...

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: I apologise for interrupting the hon. Lady, but I did not manage to mention this point. I know that she is keen for the Home Office to engage with this matter and I will ensure that the relevant Minister from the Home Office meets her and interested colleagues to take these issues forward.

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) on securing this crucial debate. It was a little interrupted, and I am grateful to hon. Members for coming back to the Chamber to hear a response from the interim Minister—I guess we are all interim Ministers in this job, as it is ultimately down to the will of the electorate.

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: I have no intentions in that regard. I thank the hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston for her work in this area. Her important work with the all-party group on refugees has raised the profiles of issues that impact on refugees, and I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for their contributions today. We have a proud history of providing protection for those who need it, and the Government...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: It is a pleasure to serve under you, Sir Christopher, for the first time in this hot seat. It is also a great pleasure to have listened to some fantastic contributions from colleagues from across the House. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South Suffolk (James Cartlidge). Everyone who has contributed to the debate has been an outstanding champion for their local area. It was...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: I have about nine minutes left—that is about right. My thanks go to a great Parliamentary Private Secretary. Issues with the current five-year land supply model and slow build-out were a key feature of the housing White Paper. The Government are seeking to address that through a package of reforms to the planning system, including revising the national planning policy framework, which...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Nigel Adams: My hon. Friend raises a valid point. We are hopeful that that will go a long way to eradicating some of the issues that he and right hon. and hon. Members have experienced. The idea is that it can be fixed at a one-year period. We will also see what other reforms are proposed as part of the review that my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) is planning. It is...


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