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Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: Amendment 62 relates to the transfer of trusteeship of almshouses. I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for writing to me in the Recess to say that she was sympathetic to the case for this amendment and would be happy to consider the matter and discuss it further even though there was a need to be cautious about extending the scope of state regulation in relation to charitable...

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: Will it be possible for the evidence that the Minister referred to from the regulator, the Charity Commission and other bodies to be provided in the Library so that we can see exactly what evidence they have supplied to the Government that indicates that legally this is very complicated? Would the Minister agree that it would be good practice for consent to be received where a transfer is...

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, when I moved Amendment 62, I quoted from the Minister's letter which said that she was sympathetic to this case, so I am pleased that we seem to have ended on a note of sympathy and understanding of the problem. I think we need to try to find a solution to this. I repeat myself, but I do not think it is tenable for tenants of almshouses to be treated differently from tenants of...

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: I understand the point that the Minister is making-that this Bill may not be the right forum for progressing the issue-but there will nevertheless be discussions about how the issue might be progressed in other ways.

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: I understand that situation. With that confirmation, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 62 withdrawn. Schedule 17 : Regulation of social housing Amendment 63 Moved by Earl Attlee 63: Schedule 17, page 384, line 33, at end insert- "1A In section 122 (restriction on gifts and distributions by non-profit registered providers to members etc) after subsection (6) insert- "(7) The...

Localism Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, in moving Amendment 84 I shall also speak to Amendments 86 to 90. These all relate to the standards of accommodation and repairing obligations. Amendment 84 will ensure that all tenants and other occupiers of housing with short terms have the benefit of repairing obligations. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 provides that the implied repairing obligations set out in its Section 11...

Localism Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am glad that the Minister is not complacent, but I think that this issue is not being taken seriously enough by the Government and that there will be increasing problems in coming months and years because of the rise in demand for private rented stock. With the law so inadequately defined in so many respects around things such as extractor fans, furniture, fittings, damp courses...

Localism Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I shall also speak to Amendment 92. Amendment 91 would insert a new clause to give power to the Secretary of State to lay down in regulations the standards that private sector letting agents and management agents must adhere to. This would enable the Secretary of State, at a later date, to lay down statutory guidance to regulate private letting agents. A similar provision was passed...

Localism Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: I thank my noble friend the Minister for his response. In respect of Amendment 93 and tenancy relations services, the situation is getting more difficult. There are reductions in spending on tenancy relations. The Minister is right that the amendments are part of a general picture of trying to maintain standards. Where do people who have problems in the private rented sector go? If tenancy...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Shipley: That form of politicisation will not occur, as the panel-which the noble Baroness supports-will be made up of elected local councillors with party-political labels, who will themselves elect the person who becomes the commissioner. In that sense, because there will be virtually no independent members of that panel, the person who is appointed will have a party-political background and role.

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I agree with my noble friend Lord Jenkin on the need to be clearer on the gain to neighbourhoods and parishes from the community infrastructure levy. Whether that is done in the Bill, through guidance or by other means, it will be extremely important that local people in neighbourhood areas where development is taking place understand what the community gain might be as a...

Localism Bill: Third Reading (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I want to raise a specific issue, but first to declare an interest as a councillor and one-time member of a standards committee. I welcome the amendments because they move us towards a system that is proportionate, will protect the right to free speech, give confidence to the general public, be fair to an individual councillor and should prevent party-political prejudice leading to...

Creative Industries — Debate (3 Nov 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter for initiating this debate, in part because it gives me an opportunity to speak about the impact of creative industries on north-East England; and here I declare my board membership of One North East, which pump-primed quite a bit of it. Last Friday, Radio 4's "Any Questions?"was broadcast from Hoults Yard in the Ouseburn Valley, on a...

EU: Financial Stability and Economic Growth — Debate (3 Nov 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I join with others in thanking my noble friend Lord Newby for initiating this debate. My view is that a demand for a referendum on membership of the European Union was an unnecessary diversion. It was misguided and mistimed. Referendums are not flavour of the month and would simply have added to instability across Europe and the eurozone. However, Europe and the eurozone are often...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Second Reading (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Thomas of Gresford indicated that I would say something about access to justice. My concerns relate to the planned reduced availability of legal aid and the impact on the voluntary sector, in particular on law centres, which helps those who lack the resources to buy their own representation. I wish to address the issue from two perspectives-first, law centres,...

Housing: Rented Homes — Question (1 Dec 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that the reason for the shortage of homes for rent is the failure of the previous Government, over 13 years, to build council houses? Given the pressure on the private rented sector, and the fact that 40 per cent of homes in that sector do not meet the decent homes standard, what consideration is being given to further regulation of the sector? Will...

Citizens Advice Bureaux — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Boateng, for initiating this debate. As a councillor for many years I have held many hundreds of surgeries for local residents. People have come to discuss problems related to housing, often around rent levels or the conditions of their homes. Over the years I have dealt with countless issues around benefits, debt, tax, employment law and...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (20 Dec 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendments 114 and 116 and to all the principles that lie behind the amendments in this group. We are discussing a mandatory telephone gateway and whether it can on its own deliver equal and effective access to legal aid. Currently, signposting comes from a variety of sources such as library information desks, council customer services, GP surgeries, councillors'...

Railways: High-speed Rail — Statement (10 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, in welcoming the announcement-

Housing: Managing Agents — Question (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the report published last year which showed that some leaseholders were paying far too much in property insurance to managing agents and that, as a consequence, regulation would most certainly help? In addition, might it be for Government to promote the right to manage to leaseholders groups in blocks of flats, so that they themselves can reduce the costs...

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