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Results 1–20 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Esther McVey

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.

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

Esther McVey: The Government has already taken steps to protect tenants from the small minority of landlords and letting agents that may seek to exploit them. Landlords and agents are responsible for the accuracy of advertisements and listings they post online. Misleading advertisements and listings may constitute a breach of consumer protection legislation, such as the transparency provisions of the...

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

Esther McVey: The Government is committed to increasing the supply of social housing and has made £9 billion available through the Affordable Homes Programme to March 2022 to deliver approximately 250,000 new affordable homes in a wide range of tenures, including Social Rent. Wycombe has a total housing stock of over 73,000 homes (2018) and almost 10,000 of these are affordable homes. Over 100 new...

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

Esther McVey: 'Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors', published in January 2020, provides the latest advice for building owners concerned about the fire safety of their building/s. It is not a compliance document for mortgage lenders. Government is continuing to engage with the mortgage industry to understand its approach to risk.

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

Esther McVey: The role of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel (IEAP) is to advise the Secretary of State on measures that should be taken relating to fire and building safety in existing buildings. Following the IEAP’s advice, updated advice has been issued to building owners on measures they should take to ensure building safety. Leaseholders can access free initial specialist advice to understand...

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

Esther McVey: This information is published in the Building Safety Programme Data Release, with latest data as at 31 December 2019 published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-safety-p rogramme-monthly-data-release-december-2019 . The next update, referring to the situation at the end of January, will be included in the next Data Release, which will be published on 13 February.

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

Esther McVey: In May 2018, the Government made £400 million available to social sector landlords to fund the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on high-rise residential social housing buildings. It became clear that too many private sector building owners were failing to take responsibility to ensure their buildings were made permanently safe, and at no cost to leaseholders. Therefore, the...

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

Esther McVey: Government has committed £600 million to remediate high-rise residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding. This Government intervention is wholly exceptional. It is based on the unparalleled fire risk ACM poses at this height. Building safety is the responsibility of the building owner, and they must remedy any safety risks. Building owners should consider all routes to meet costs,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Insulation (11 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Information from the Report has been shared with the Expert Panel, Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Buildings: Fire Prevention (11 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: I refer the Hon Member to my answer to Question UIN 6113 on 21 January 2020. The results of the bespoke non-ACM tests  research will be published shortly.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Insulation (10 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Department recently published consolidated advice from the Independent Expert Advisory Panel, titled ‘Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors’ , which encompasses advice to building owners on unsafe external wall systems (including short-term interim mitigating measures). The advice can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-safety-advice-fo...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention (10 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: The Regulator of Social Housing sets standards that registered providers are required to meet - including that a landlord meets all applicable statutory requirements that provide for the health and safety of the occupants of their homes. Failure to comply with a standard may result in the regulator publishing a Regulatory Judgement or a Regulatory Notice depending on the nature of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Fire Prevention (10 Feb 2020)

Esther McVey: Since June 2017 the Housing Ombudsman received 28 complaints in relation to “Fire Safety” which were within the Ombudsman’s formal remit for investigation. A further one complaint received prior to 2017 was determined during this period. Of those, 6 were upheld – where the Ombudsman found maladministration, partial maladministration or mediated a settlement agreed by both parties.


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