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BBC - Statement (12 May 2016)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, when the Minister talks about a health check after five years, does she accept that to this House it sounds like a dose of the bubonic plague rather than anything that is going to be healthy? I shall ask one quick question in order that others can get in. When she talks, in the context of distinctiveness, about “robust incentive structures”, should we be worried? What does she mean?

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches, I support Amendments 98 and 99 tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner of Parkes. We are all familiar with some of the hair-raising examples of how many people have been found in some raided properties. Recently, in Newham, seven people were found in a windowless basement. Overall, there were 26 people in that three-bedroom house. In another recent...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Grender: I thank the Minister for accepting the amendments. Amendment 39 agreed. Amendment 40 not moved. Clause 57: Warning notices

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I shall speak to all the amendments in this group that are in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy of Southwark. The amendments are designed to ensure that vulnerable tenants are protected under this new legislation on abandonment. I raised concerns about vulnerable tenants in the context of this policy change in Committee.

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Grender: I thank the noble Baroness for that mini-filibuster to help me. I raised concerns about vulnerable tenants in the context of this policy change in Committee. The amendments would ensure that, in addition to contacting the tenant, where there was a person, a charity or a housing authority that had paid or contributed to the deposit, they would be contacted, too. So the amendments are aimed in...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Apr 2016)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, we support this amendment. I remain at a loss as to why the Government do not support this simple measure, for the following three reasons. First, this is not new legislation; it is updating older legislation, so there is no additional bureaucracy. Secondly, it reduces reliance on local government and puts the power into the hands of the consumer—the tenant. Thirdly, it will not...

Education: Henley Review — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, the joint ministerial board that the Government said was an immediate priority in response to the review and that was set up in 2013 is an entirely separate body from the cultural education partnership group, which Ministers do not attend. Can the Minister tell us whether Ministers on that board have met since general election and explain to us why the future of this board is under...

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

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendments 67, 68E and 69 in particular, but am generally supportive of all other amendments in this group. Other noble Lords have talked about how concerned they are that this part of the Bill will reduce the number of low-rent social homes in places where they are needed most. I am a governor of an inner-city school where over 50% of children are on pupil...

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

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I will be extremely brief. I am trying to raise, by way of my probing Amendment 60A, the issue of exactly what happens when communities wish to object. In a way, it goes to the heart of some of the arguments that my noble friend Lord Taylor of Goss Moor talked about. In particular, if a piece of land has been given up in a small village and it has been assigned, in the view of the...

Homelessness: Rough Sleeping — Question (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Grender: Does the Minister agree that if the leading cause of homelessness now in England is a loss of private tenancy, we desperately need an increase in social housing alongside a homelessness strategy? If Richard Gere has managed to persuade the Chancellor to make this his next big cause—according to the newspapers at the weekend—does the Minister now regret the lack of policies to increase...

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

Baroness Grender: My noble friend Lord Greaves was actually talking about the main Labour amendment and not Amendment 53, just to be clear.

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

Baroness Grender: My Lords, Amendment 53, in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Shipley, calls for an annual report by the Secretary of State containing information on the construction and sale of starter homes in the area, and a report on the composition and incomes of people who have purchased starter homes in each area during the relevant period. The amendment has two purposes. The first is to assess...

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

Baroness Grender: My noble friend Lord Shipley has tabled this amendment on mortgages for precisely that kind of reason. No, of course there are not many people aged under 40 who are cash buyers, but if someone subsidises them to become cash buyers in order to acquire a property, that is the loophole we are concerned about here.

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

Baroness Grender: My Lords, the Minister has ruled out a mortgage but, in this context, perhaps the Government could right here, right now, today rule out cash buyers. That gives us something more specific to hold on to here. Or can the Minister envisage a cash buyer in this scenario who would not have an unnecessary advantage?

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

Baroness Grender: Does the Minister dispute the figures that the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, gave, that in 2018 this will dramatically drop? The reason is that these were decisions of the coalition Government, and therefore there is a question mark over the continued commitment to these building levels under this Government.

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

Baroness Grender: It is not about credit, but about the drop-off point in 2018 and whether there is a continued commitment to building affordable social housing.

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

Baroness Grender: Have the Government made an estimate of the cost to a tenant? Since there is a cost of £5 million to the landlords—which is the Government’s estimate—what is the cost to tenants for pursuing this through the courts?

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

Baroness Grender: My Lords, in the most recent discussion, the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, suggested that perhaps this section should go. Like his fairy godmother, here I am with that moment. What I am proposing applies to all the clauses relevant to abandonment, and it is that they should go at this point in this discussion. My reasons are as follows. This is a new and complex change in the law for which there...


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