Results 1–20 of 647 for speaker:Baroness Pinnock

Pollution in Rivers and Regulation of Private Water Companies - Motion to Take Note (29 Feb 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville for tabling this very important topic for debate. She has described the consequences for our rivers of discharging raw sewage from storm overflows; the health problems that follow can be very serious, but I will start with some history. Nearly 170 years ago, sewage was discharged into the rivers that served our great...

Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation - Question (28 Feb 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I have relevant interests in this issue. Does the noble Lord agree that it is not just the excessive cost of temporary accommodation that we should be thinking about but the huge disruption to family life and children’s education when they have to move into temporary housing? At the heart of it is the huge loss of social housing; in my own council, there are 20,000 fewer houses...

Leasehold: Property Management Companies - Question (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, some freeholders, although not all, treat their leaseholders as a cash cow. I have two examples for the Minister. First, there was a ground rent increase—and there is no value at all to the leaseholder in a ground rent—of 113% this year, which was backdated three years, and the sum was demanded to be paid in full in four weeks. Secondly, there was a 23% increase in service...

Local Planning Authorities: Staffing - Question (12 Feb 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the Minister mentioned the increase in planning fees, and she is quite right, but when the Government made that increase they knew that it would not cover the costs of planning applications. Can the Minister justify why hard-pressed councils have to take funding from other public services to pay for planning applications?

Temporary Accommodation Costs - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, as the Minister has rightly said, the Government are allocating £1 billion to reduce homelessness. Unfortunately, it is clearly not working, as homelessness is at a 25-year high, with the result that local authorities have to spend increasing proportions of their budget on their statutory duty—which they want to undertake—to house people without a home. For example, Eastbourne...

Teesworks Joint Venture - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement. What a sad state of affairs it is that a vital and very large regeneration project in the north-east of England has to be the subject of an independent government review because of justified public criticism and concern. The Financial Times and the Yorkshire Post have both, independently, been investigating the decisions made by the mayor and...

Long-term Plan for Housing - Statement (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my registered interests as a councillor in Kirklees—where we have an up-to-date local plan—and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. As the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, just said, there are 1.2 million households on the social housing waiting lists and the Government’s own assessment is that 300,000 new homes need to be built every...

Fire Safety Regulations and Guidance - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my relevant interests as a councillor in Kirklees in West Yorkshire and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. My noble friend Lord Goddard has inspired a well-informed debate on a matter of life and death—literally. He started his introduction to this debate by exposing the incoherence in the management of fire risk in buildings across various...

Building Repairs: VAT - Question (14 Dec 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords—

Building Repairs: VAT - Question (14 Dec 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I have relevant interests recorded in the register. I want to turn our attention to people’s homes. Some 20 years ago, Kirklees Council offered free loft and cavity wall insulation to every home, regardless of tenure. It was largely funded by energy companies, and 100,000 homes benefited from that scheme. Will the Government learn from that pioneering scheme and consider its...

Autumn Statement 2023 - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I too welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Vere, to her new ministerial post and I remind the House of my direct interests in local government, as set out in the register. It may not perhaps be surprising that my perspective on the Autumn Statement is somewhat different from the Minister’s. The Autumn Statement provided an opportunity for the Government to set out a coherent strategy...

King’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, it has been a really interesting, wide-ranging and well-informed debate. I hope Ministers have been listening carefully, because they have been given plenty of ideas, freely given, for them to take up and introduce as part of their bid to create a better Britain—or whatever the phrase is. What has become crystal clear during this debate is the disappointment expressed by many at...

No-fault Evictions - Question (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: For those families dependent on housing benefit to pay their rent, the local housing allowance has been frozen since 2020, and that frozen figure is based on 2018 private rental figures. This forces many families into poverty and food banks so they can manage to pay their way. Can the Minister assure the House that the Government will unfreeze the local housing allowance and bring it up to...

Capital Projects: Spending - Question (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Can the Minister tell us what percentage of the levelling-up fund has been allocated to those areas most in need in priority 1? Maybe she could explain why many areas which are less deprived have been awarded that funding and other priority 1 areas have therefore missed out.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: North of England (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask His Majesty's Government whether the transport infrastructure plan known as Network North includes the intent to electrify the whole of the Trans-Pennine line (1) from Liverpool to Hull, (2) and from Liverpool to Newcastle.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Reason and Amendment: Motion A (25 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this Bill has been improved by the assiduous work of this House over the last 10 months. Some significant and welcome changes have been made during that process. I turn first to the two Motions left on the Order Paper. I regret that the Commons has failed to perceive the benefit of enabling some meetings of councils to be in a hybrid form. Like the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, I...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion Z (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the detailed arguments he has put towards Motion ZB1 in my name, which I recognise have substance. However, the levelling-up Bill, which includes missions relating to education and health, means that we need to think about the quality of the public buildings provided, because they have a substantial impact on the quality of the services that are then...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion X1 (as an amendment to Motion X) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the very fact that these two issues remain for this Bill demonstrates that the Building Safety Act is, sadly, unfinished business. Although the matters will not be concluded today, I can be sure that they will be raised in future legislation in this House, because they need to be resolved. Having said that, I support what the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, said about...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion R1 (as an amendment to Motion R) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Yes, I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 176, Noes 191.


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