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Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: No, I would not, because, frankly, they have not done it and they would not. That is the dilemma that the Government are in: if you are really to make this work, I am afraid it is inevitable that you have to make it mandatory otherwise it will not happen. The question then is how you do that and how you translate it into more social housing.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we are having a very productive debate on this issue, and many other aspects of the housing problem that we face. The noble Lord, Lord Best, made the point just now that selling off high-value assets when they become vacant is not necessarily a bad thing, and indeed can be a very good thing in certain circumstances. I see him nodding and take that as assent. Because he is a...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: That is the problem that produces the large discounts necessary to make the scheme work. The noble Lord has re-emphasised this in his remarks. The other way of tackling this, which we have dealt with on previous days in our debates, is for the person who buys the house to pay back some of the discount they got in the initial phase over a period of 10 or 20 years or over whatever period. That...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: I am with the noble Lord on manifesto fundamentalism: I, too, think that we should not go too far down that path, but he was asking people the other night to accept, not a cash discount but an equity loan. If people have expected a cash discount from the manifesto, I do not think they will be very pleased to get an equity loan. That is the problem, if I may explain it to the noble Lord, in...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: In London as a whole, but not in the same borough.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: Can we come back to the amendment for moment? It is on how the housing association spends the money it gets from selling a house. With the best will in the world, I am afraid that the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, presents a problem. He knows London very well, as do I. The fact is that it is more or less impossible to replace a house sold in, say, Westminster with...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: This is what ordinary people who do not have access to social housing have to do. If they have a job in Westminster they cannot actually afford to live in Westminster. We are putting people who have been in social housing in the same position as the ordinary person who does not have access to social housing.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: It is not quite as brutal as the noble Lord says: there is already quite a mix in London. There is a much better mix in London, for example, than in, say, Paris or New York. All right, the mix may be somewhat lessened if we go down this path—I accept that—none the less, Philippa Rowe was saying that she will make special allowance in her housing allocation for people who, for example,...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: Indeed, the right to buy is at the behest of the housing association. It can decide whether a house is up for sale or not. If that particular house is not appropriate for sale it can of course offer the tenant another house, and there is the question of a portable right to buy somewhere inside or outside the public sector. Therefore all of that is possible, and I am sure that a sensitive...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: With respect, financing is a different issue, which we are not discussing on these amendments.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: Yes, but that is a stand part debate; we are talking about amendments here. None the less, fundamentally, we are talking about the exceptions, the rural issues and all the rest of it, not about the financing of the right to buy—which comes up in later clauses which deal with how the whole issue is to be financed, not here.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: I am sure that the noble Baroness will raise the issue if she wishes to. I will certainly not stop her from giving one of her very eloquent speeches. The point I wanted to make was that, historically—the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, is right—there has been a disproportion between the number of houses replaced and the number lost. However, that has changed in recent times and we are now...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, it is very good to hear from the victor of 1983, if I may call the noble Lord that. It is also good to hear from my noble friend Lady Redfern, who speaks with the authority of a local authority leader. I was rather disappointed by the rather gloomy tone taken by the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, and the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, earlier in the debate. Indeed, the noble Lord was...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: I am sorry but from the noble Lord’s remarks I felt that he showed a lack of trust in the motivation of housing associations. All the things he had down in his long list, which was almost Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all—or perhaps the proverbial kitchen sink, which is rather more appropriate in the circumstances—would almost inevitably be taken into account by housing associations given the...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I add my voice to the support for Amendment 42 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Doocey, and the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake. I am aware, as they have said, that there are many chief executives, of big London boroughs in particular, who are very anxious to regenerate their existing—very often large and troublesome, I must say—estates in an interesting and innovative way. But...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I will comment very briefly on the remarks made by the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, who made a significant point about the existing instruments we have to help people in this situation—the Help to Buy method and so forth. He made the point that this is a financial instrument and therefore the debt/deficit equation, which is so important to the Government, is resolved by using these...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: I entirely agree with that. My way would be to recognise that the sort of lift in the cap on borrowing for local authorities, for example, is perfectly acceptable in the context of the Government’s overall economic strategy. If you look at what is now being said worldwide by the International Monetary Fund and the OECD, at the moment they are calling for more capital investment of this...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: Perhaps I can just explain that the Minister was not present at the meeting. She kindly arranged for her civil servants to address technical questions. I asked what modelling had been done on the financial and supply effects of the legislation and the civil servants were kind enough to say that the modelling was not finished because certain decisions had not yet been taken. The definition has...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I do not want to speak for any length of time because in discussing these amendments and the following amendments, which cover largely the same area, I defer to the greater expertise of many other noble Lords, such as the noble Lords, Lord Best, Lord Kerslake and Lord Tope. However, I am struck by one thing as a relative newcomer to housing debates—that is, the extent to which we...

Immigration Bill: Committee (4th Day) (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I will make a brief contribution to this debate based on my own experience as the Member of Parliament for Orpington for 18 years. My experience may be the same as or different from that of other Members of Parliament in the other House, but I had so many immigration cases regularly that one out of my three caseworkers was solely devoted to dealing with them comprehensively. By the...


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