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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (23 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: What progress he has made on implementing his duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (23 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend and welcome him to his new position. As he rightly says, it is in our best interest that ex-offenders leaving prison do not reoffend. One of the key issues is to ensure that prison governors honour their commitment under the Homelessness Reduction Act to ensure that people are prepared for life outside prison. What action will he take to ensure that prison governors...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing First (22 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I commend the Government for initiating the Housing First pilots, but what assessment has my right hon. Friend made of rough sleeping in London, which is clearly under the greatest pressure? We want to ensure that people get a firm home of their own and that the Mayor of London actually delivers affordable housing for the capital.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor provided money in the Budget for a national rental deposit scheme. What plans does the Department have to introduce that scheme, and how many families does it believe it will assist?

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I join others in wishing you, Mr Speaker, a very happy birthday and in thanking you for sitting in the Chair on your birthday when you could be off enjoying yourself in another way. [Interruption.] I am sure you are going to enjoy our debate. First, I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests; I am a vice-president of the Local...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. When we look at the percentages of properties that are non-decent, it becomes clear that these practices are not limited to the small number of rogue landlords. I will say more about that later. I note that the hon. Member for Brent North (Barry Gardiner) is in his place today. He and I share the challenge of trying to deal with the many...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. One of the concerns has to be that, when we empower tenants, we have to ensure that they understand their rights and also draw to landlords’ attention their duty to keep their homes safe. When the Select Committee conducted inquiries into these issues, we looked into the duties relating to electrical safety. The hon. Member for Sheffield...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: The hon. Gentleman reminds me of when I was at university in Liverpool. We all suffered appalling conditions in the private rented sector at that time. There are now many more students, all of whom need private rented accommodation for a time during their studies, and as he says, many of them are being exploited. However, they will often put up with conditions that others would not tolerate,...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Clearly, local authorities that choose to outsource their responsibilities should not abdicate their responsibility to their tenants. One problem is that when tenants come to complain about that sort of issue, local authorities can wash their hands of it and say, “That is nothing to do with us. You have to go to the service...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: We all recognise the clear pressures on local authority budgets, but the key issue is that it is the local authority’s responsibility to find the money to honour its obligations. I cannot talk about an individual council’s budget, but the reality is that councils have legal obligations to provide tenants with decent quality homes, and they should not ration the service they...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: When I got my Act through, the Government were generous and produced some £83 million to support the first two years of the legislation, £17 million of which came as a result of the amendment of the hon. Member for Westminster North to ensure that homes are inspected and made fit for habitation before anyone is moved in. That was much narrower than the broader requirement in this...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: The hon. Gentleman and I would agree that we clearly need to ramp up activity and funding and give local authorities the powers and resources that they need to carry out their duties under both this and other pieces of legislation. I ask the Minister to consider the sentencing guidelines for rogue landlords. A maximum fine of £30,000 may be possible, but it is rare for the courts to...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: For the hon. Gentleman’s information, I am coming to the end of my speech. I am very supportive of the Bill, and the debate will be interrupted while we have the statement, but it will continue to its conclusion thereafter, so he does not have to worry about that. I have another concern about the legislation’s implementation period. The explanatory notes state that the provisions...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: It is an honour to follow the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan), and I commend her for her bravery in speaking on those particular subjects. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) on introducing the debate, and my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) on her impassioned speech. Madam Deputy Speaker, may we...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. It allows me to join others in congratulating Karen Pollock and her team on their wonderful work. I will never forget my visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the young people who started out brightly at the beginning of the day, but who, as the horrors unfolded, became quieter and quieter. We ended the day on those terrible railway lines, with...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and we must ensure that people are educated on that point. I visited the original Yad Vashem museum, and saw at first hand the work that was done. I have also visited the new museum that commemorates all the victims of the holocaust, and describes it in some detail. The individual accounts of those who survived the holocaust, now recorded on film,...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I will not give way to the hon. Lady because I have given way twice already and I do not want to take up too much time. I am glad that we will have our own holocaust museum alongside the Palace of Westminster, and I look forward to that being developed so that we can bring young people here to see the importance of that element of society. There are also actions that we can all take. I was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: Will my right hon. Friend arrange for a statement to be made on improved co-operation on intelligence, defence and security, along with the decision to allow more unaccompanied child refugees to come to this country, which will result from President Macron’s visit today?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Blackman: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Ms Ghani) on her appointment. Following her review of station accessibility, will she look carefully at the hundreds of applications from residents in my constituency for improvements at Stanmore and Canons Park stations which have not been provided by Transport for London, but will I hope be provided by the Government?


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