Results 1321–1340 of 1415 for speaker:Seema Kennedy

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Can I ask the other panellists whether they went through a similar process? I am sure that you did on your boards, but was there any of that sort of consultation with the actual people living in the homes?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: You have representatives on the board. Mr Pinder, you are based in Macclesfield, and you have cited the example of Wilmslow. Where else do you have homes?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: That is why I asked, because I know the area well. You gave the example of Wilmslow for a family on £40,000. How far would that go? Would you get a house in Warrington or in Macclesfield itself?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Would you accept that the example that you gave of a family spending 56% of their income is an outlier?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Perhaps that is because of that stock transfer from Macclesfield borough council, but surely in the rest of Cheshire there are definite examples where this sort of percentage would not be paid.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Mr Patchitt, you said that when your housing association took the decision to vote for the voluntary agreement, you consulted your tenants and your customers.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Could you expand a little on how you did that? Do you think that they were interested in the proposals of the Bill overall and this idea of starter homes and expanding?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Can I ask the other panellists whether they went through a similar process? I am sure that you did on your boards, but was there any of that sort of consultation with the actual people living in the homes?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: You have representatives on the board. Mr Pinder, you are based in Macclesfield, and you have cited the example of Wilmslow. Where else do you have homes?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: That is why I asked, because I know the area well. You gave the example of Wilmslow for a family on £40,000. How far would that go? Would you get a house in Warrington or in Macclesfield itself?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Would you accept that the example that you gave of a family spending 56% of their income is an outlier?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Perhaps that is because of that stock transfer from Macclesfield borough council, but surely in the rest of Cheshire there are definite examples where this sort of percentage would not be paid.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Mr Sparkes, I am looking at paragraph 14b of your submission, in which you say: “Outside of the North of England, Starter Homes will be unaffordable to the majority of households on wages below the median”. What is the north of England, first of all, in geographical terms? How many people comprise the north of England? I am interested in how you came to that.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: I appreciate that you are going to submit it. It seems to me, as somebody who represents a northern constituency, that the north is a term that is sometimes bandied around. Do you accept that it is quite a lot of people?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: And comprising a large geographical space, with massive variations between one area and another?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: I would appreciate that. Do you accept, though, that when you say that outside the north of England they will be unaffordable—we do not accept that—therefore they will be affordable in large parts of the north of England?

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: On that London point, we heard from the Deputy Mayor for housing this morning and he said that first-time buyers’ house prices were £290,000.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: You accept that that is right? It is well below the cap.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: This is for a first-time buyer.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Nov 2015)

Seema Kennedy: Mr Sparkes, I am looking at paragraph 14b of your submission, in which you say: “Outside of the North of England, Starter Homes will be unaffordable to the majority of households on wages below the median”. What is the north of England, first of all, in geographical terms? How many people comprise the north of England? I am interested in how you came to that.


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