Results 61–80 of 154 for speaker:Baroness Grender

Homelessness - Question (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, did the Minister see the Liberal Democrat report last week on empty properties, which revealed that there are well over 200,000 empty properties, of which one-quarter have been empty for five years or much longer? Given the negligible use of empty dwelling management orders, will the Minister undertake an urgent review of resource and powers for local councils so that they can bring...

Budget Statement: Social Housing - Question (21 Dec 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend Lord Shipley, and at his request, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in his name on the Order Paper.

Budget Statement: Social Housing - Question (21 Dec 2017)

Baroness Grender: As this Government promised an increase in social housing in both the 2015 and the 2016 Budgets, but built less social housing last year than at any time since the Second World War—indeed, it has fallen by 50% in the last three years—why on earth should we believe them this time and this year, when every social home not built last year means another family homeless this Christmas? Why not...

Homelessness: Temporary Accommodation - Question (19 Dec 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the UK Statistics Authority that a complete picture on homelessness must include prevention and relief in addition to statutory homelessness? Will he commit to include in any future change in data people who are in work but sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation—as astonishing as those the figures are, as shown on Channel 4 last night?

Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 Nov 2017)

Baroness Grender: You have paid your rent all your life, in full, on time. You go online to buy a washing machine. You fill in your credit details. Because you are renting in social housing, that washing machine will cost you somewhere between £300 and almost £1,000 more than it would cost someone with a mortgage. How on earth can that be fair—the poorest paying the most? That is why I am absolutely...

Social Housing - Question (21 Nov 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, is the Minister aware that affordable housing is 30% more expensive than social housing for rent? The fact that there has been such a shortfall in the building of social rented housing—the worst since World War II—will impact directly on the 65,000 families who will be homeless this Christmas. Can he give them an assurance that developers’ loopholes will be closed tomorrow in...

Property Agents: Registration - Statement (18 Oct 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the reassurance that letting agency fees will be banned—and soon. But I know that he will understand the frustration that Members of the House have that the consultation was announced a year ago and ended five months ago. For every day that we wait, there are tenants on very low incomes who are teetering on the brink of homelessness. As the consultation...

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Smith of Leigh, for this debate, although not necessarily for the timing. If I am slightly less coherent today, it will be because last night I slept out for the charity Depaul UK, along with my colleague, my noble friend Lady Suttie. Depaul helps young people across the country who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. I got about two hours’ sleep...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: *No heading* (28 Jul 2017)

Baroness Grender: Her Majesty's Government why parents who submit an online application for 30 hours free childcare to the Department for Education website are sent a holding response.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: *No heading* (28 Jul 2017)

Baroness Grender: Her Majesty's Government, following submission of an application to receive 30 hours free childcare, how long the Department for Education takes to respond to parents confirming their eligibility.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: *No heading* (28 Jul 2017)

Baroness Grender: Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the accessibility of the online process to register for 30 hours of free childcare; and if so, when that review will take place.

Written Answers — Department for Education: *No heading* (25 Jul 2017)

Baroness Grender: Her Majesty's Government what proportion of children who are eligible to receive 30 hours of free childcare are currently registered to begin receiving that childcare from September.

Free Childcare Hours - Statement (18 Jul 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, what advice does the Minister have for the following two parents, who are not isolated examples? One parent applied a month ago and received a message that she would get an email “shortly” as to how to apply, but has since received nothing. The other spent an hour on the phone in May and was told that she would be called back—again, nothing. I stress that these are not...

Data Ethics Commission - Question (10 Jul 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, will this commission cover not only ethics but the use and application of data, for example through machine learning and development of algorithms? Can the Minister also explain how this commission will interrelate with the new data protection regulations starting in 2018 and the digital charter announced in the Queen’s Speech?

Television Broadcasts: Audibility - Question (4 Apr 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister agree that now more than ever the BBC is needed to deliver real news and ditch fake news, especially on a day when our own Prime Minister has condemned the National Trust for something it has not done while she is trying to do deals in a country where, if you tried to organise an Easter egg hunt, you would probably end up in prison?

Homelessness Reduction Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, like my colleagues on these Benches, I wholeheartedly support the Bill and congratulate Bob Blackman and the noble Lord, Lord Best, on their work on it. I congratulate the Government on their support and the DCLG Select Committee, chaired by Clive Betts, on its pre-legislative scrutiny. It is rare in this place that we view something that has been through a proper process of due...

Housing: Lettings Fees - Question (19 Jan 2017)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the ban on lettings fees announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

Housing: Lettings Fees - Question (19 Jan 2017)

Baroness Grender: Does the Minister understand our need to see the small print, given the arguments he made against the proposal during the progress of my Private Member’s Bill? Does he recognise that all fees—up-front, renewal and exit—charged to tenants need to be included in the ban for it to work?

Homelessness - Question (21 Dec 2016)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, is the Minister confident in his figures? Are they robust? Is he convinced that it is accurate to compare today with 2003 in the way that he has; or, one year on from being asked to take urgent action, can DCMS still be accused by the UK Statistics Authority of potentially misleading on homelessness? Is the Minister confident in his figures, yes or no?

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