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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (5th Day) (14 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I have a query in relation to Amendment 245. A number of years ago, I was a member of the complaints committee of Northumbria Police Authority. I well remember being advised that every complaint that was written down was provided to the committee to see, whether or not it was regarded as spurious and whether or not action had been taken or was going to be taken. We were given all...

Local Government Finance — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, while welcoming the Minister's announcement, it is important not to misinterpret what is being proposed. While this is being billed as being about the repatriation of business rates from 2013, that is strictly speaking not the case because firms will see no difference in the way in which they pay tax, or in the way in which the tax is set, as a result of these changes. In this...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall speak specifically to Amendment 148ADBA because it is another aspect of the problem that we have identified about parish councils and the area in which they can sit in relation to a neighbourhood plan. This amendment would remove the restriction on a parish council being part of a neighbourhood area where the rest of that neighbourhood area is unparished. Parish councils in...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I will speak in a moment on Amendments 2 and 3, but I would like to speak briefly to Amendment 13, which stands in the names of my noble friend Lady Hamwee and myself. This relates to the checks and balances which are, in theory, to be strict; it also relates to the substitution of or deputising for any member who is unable to attend a meeting of the panel, and to the quorum and the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: Is it the intention that regulations may be made to enable substitutes to attend meetings that are discussing matters other than the veto on the appointment of a chief constable and on the precept?

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I rise in support of the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Whitty. Given the range of the amendments that are about to be debated, having the context to them is very important in understanding the strategic problem around housing and homelessness. We have a rising number of households. The noble Lord, Lord Whitty, is absolutely right; we should be building somewhere between 200,000...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall speak to a number of amendments standing in my name and those of my noble friends on these Benches, and I shall speak first to Amendments 170D and 171A. They would extend from two to five years the period in which the homeless duty on a local authority would recur, and provide for a household accepted as homeless to receive reasonable preference on the local authority's...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 173CE and 173E. I should say that a gremlin has got into the system, and Amendment 173CF is incorrect. I beg permission not to speak to it because it is a mistake. The purpose of Amendment 173CE is to enable a person to whom the offer of a flexible tenancy is made to request a review of the landlord's decision as to the length of the term of the tenancy,...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall contribute briefly to this debate, although I, too, had not intended to do so. From my perspective, immigrants are welcome and underpin our economy. I say that because our wealth as a country has been dependent over many generations on those who come to live here. Perhaps I may take us back to the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty. In Committee I said that I had...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, in moving Amendment 4 I shall speak also to Amendments 7, 17 and 18. I first thank my noble friend the Minister for the helpful letter that she sent to me during the Recess in response to several of the amendments that I had tabled in Committee. Several of the issues that arise from that will be considered further on Report. In this group of amendments, I should like to press a...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister very much for her response, although from my perspective it is a little disappointing. I think the evidence over the next two to five years will demonstrate that a five-year period would be wise. However, I am still hopeful that the Minister will think further about this matter. Perhaps discussions can take place over the next few weeks between Report and Third...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Amendment 12 would require local housing authorities to provide written notification of housing and homelessness advice and assistance given under housing option schemes and to undertake other measures for the prevention of homelessness. Central to many councils' current approach to homelessness and its prevention is the concept of...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, in moving Amendment 8 I shall also speak to Amendment 20. Amendment 8 would restore the requirement that any offer of private sector rented accommodation must be reasonable for a homeless household to accept. For clarity, the amendment would simply restore the law to its current position, which is why it refers to the deletion of a clause. At present, local authorities must be...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am very grateful for the intervention and the Minister's response. I was encouraged by the fact that most of the issues that we have raised under the amendments will be in the order and that further discussion will take place. Strong views have been expressed on this issue and a lot of worries have been expressed in this afternoon's debate about increasing homelessness and the...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: I shall speak also to Amendment 21. In a sense, the ground has already been covered because Amendment 16 relates to the emergency duty to accommodate to ensure that non-priority-need homeless people are entitled to emergency accommodation. To repeat the position, at present, if a household is deemed to be in priority need but intentionally homeless, in addition to providing advice and...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: I am very happy to beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 16 withdrawn. Amendments 17 to 19 not moved. Amendments 20 and 21 not moved. Amendment 22 Moved by Lord Shipley 22: After Clause 136, insert the following new Clause- "Exemptions from flexible tenancy regime (1) The Secretary of State shall by regulations provide that a secure tenancy shall not be capable of being a flexible...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall also speak to Amendments 25 and 26. Amendment 22 defines the exemptions from flexible tenancies and, in particular, ensures that people aged over 60 and those with a long-term illness or disability are exempt from flexible tenancies. The amendment is designed to ensure that people who are in need of settled or stable accommodation and whose situation is unlikely to change...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying the Government's approach to these amendments. I raised two issues. The first was the extension of minimum tenancies from two to five years and the second was the exemption of vulnerable people and households from flexible tenancies. On the first, I heard the Minister say that housing providers, local authorities and social housing can...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, this amendment is designed to create a presumption that flexible tenancies should be renewed on expiry unless good reasons are shown to the contrary. The reviewing officer should proceed on the basis of the presumption that a new flexible tenancy for a term at least equivalent to the current or previous fixed term should be granted to the tenant unless the contrary is shown to be in...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her response. I hope that what she has described will happen. I am sure that it will. We need to ensure that people who are worried about a successive tenancy have little cause to fear that the landlord might decide not to grant a further tenancy. On the assumption that the measure will provide what we are trying to achieve, I beg leave to withdraw...


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