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Results 1–20 of 4395 for speaker:Esther McVey

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: It is a real pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) for bringing this issue to Westminster Hall, and all the Members who have attended. This debate has shown MPs at their very best, bringing issues, cases, concerns and dilemmas to the Chamber and expressing what needs to be said here on behalf of their...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: That is a very well made point. In January, the Secretary of State said that we are currently considering options with the Treasury on the support that can go to leaseholders. Those are obviously ongoing conversations and negotiations, and I can go no further than that today.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. As I said, MPs from both side of the House are raising these issues. The fire risk of tall buildings with cladding was brought to everybody’s attention after the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower. It had not been brought to people’s attention before.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Government took immediate action straight after the report. The actions that we took included a comprehensive independent review of building safety, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, and we have accepted all the recommendations of her independent review. We will continue to bring forward legislation to deliver an enhanced safety regime for high-rise residential buildings. As we announced...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I started my speech with the Secretary of State’s remarks about what we are doing, the actions that we have taken, and how we will deliver going forward. I want to ensure that people understand the rigorous work of the expert panel and the advice that we are taking from it. That work is checked and verified, and we are taking it forward at the right pace. Of course, we are here to discuss...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I will take that message back to the Department and see what happened with the correspondence from the Secretary of State. I know that the Department replied to the letter from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on 6 February, so if she has not already got it, it will be with her shortly.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I will go through exactly what we have done and how we have done it, and note the significant steps that we have taken, including the provision of £600 million to support people and the further work led by an expert panel. We have accepted all the recommendations from the independent review, and are going forward at a rigorous pace, which we can do, obviously, once we have had all those...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The hon. Lady makes a good point. We need more time to discuss the matter—this is only a 90-minute debate—and the number of hon. Members who are here shows that. Not only should we have that debate, but we should come together to raise those points and work in a constructive fashion. The hon. Lady is quite right; 90 minutes is not long enough. We also need to, and we will, write back to...

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Department has met leaseholders, and we have received and replied to letters from leaseholders. The hon. Lady is right: we have to have a bigger consultation and ensure that we meet leaseholders. Yesterday, Lord Younger met a group, some of whom are in the Public Gallery. It is imperative that we hear from the people who are most affected, and I absolutely agree that we should.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Time is short—the right hon. Member for Leeds Central might like a minute or so at the end—but I will take any further interventions.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: It is absolutely imperative that we have people with the right skills who are able to do the job straight away.

Leaseholders and Cladding (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Government took the unprecedented step of bringing forward £600 million to support the people whom the expert panel said were in the most dangerous buildings with ACM cladding. I started my speech with the words of the Secretary of State, who spoke about how we can ensure that we have the right support at the right place and at the right time. From the very start, we have taken the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Insulation (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 This is part of an ongoing, systematic investigation into the fire risks from non-ACM cladding systems and there are no success or failure criteria. BRE Report Number P111324-1006 (M5D6V1), sets out in detail the methodology, a copy was placed in the House library on 11 February 2019 in response to question UIN217589 and can be found here:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Insulation (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 The Government has committed to fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on private sector residential high-rise buildings. Government intervention is wholly exceptional due to the unparalleled fire risk ACM poses. Building safety is the responsibility of the building owner, and they must remedy any safety risks...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Insulation (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 The Department has had regular correspondence and engagement with leaseholders living in buildings with unsafe cladding, and we are aware of the concerns they have. The Government’s priority is to ensure that unsafe ACM cladding is removed and replaced so that residents feel safe in their homes. The Department has engaged with a named...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Recreation Spaces (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 We updated the National Planning Policy Framework in July 2018. This includes a policy on the designation of Local Green Space, under which communities can identify and protect local green spaces of particular importance to them. The Framework also sets out that existing open space should not be built on unless it is shown to be surplus to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service. The Government is aware that homeowners could be subject to a possession order or the granting of a lease of their home by the rentcharge owner over rentcharge arrears. As part of our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Landlords: Registration (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 There are 18 individual landlords and property agents and five companies currently registered on the database for offences committed since 6 April 2018. For mandatory inclusion on the database a landlord must be convicted of a banning order offence and receive a banning order. If the landlord receives a conviction for a banning order...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Multiple Occupation: Licensing (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Holding answer received on 10 February 2020 The Department gathers data from local authorities on the estimated number of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) annually. According to our most recent data covering 2018-2019, there are an estimated 516,000 HMOs. There are an estimated 140,000 properties which are licensable under mandatory HMO licensing, of these there are an estimated...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Disability and Older People (12 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Planning guidance on housing for older and disabled people published last summer strengthened the link between plan making and optional technical standards in the Building Regulations. Government will consult shortly on options of how to raise standards of accessibility in new homes.


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