Results 261–269 of 269 for speaker:Lord Porter of Spalding

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I hope nobody thinks that this is about one type of council cross-subsidising another type of council. This money will go nowhere near councils. That is what is wrong with this Bill: it takes money from councils and gives it to not-councils. Councils that have already transferred their stock cannot be levied because they do not have the HRA, as the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, has...

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, before I speak, I should refer to my previous declarations of interest. I am not sure whether I keep having to do this because they have been set out in previous debates. Obviously my noble friend the Minister will not expect me to support taking assets from well-run councils and giving them to poorly-run housing associations, but I do support the Government’s commitment to...

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: I will ask two questions. To go back to the same principle, what difference does it make whether somebody exercises the right to buy and then occupies a property or whether they free up the equity they have in it, buy something else, and then put that property back into the private rented sector? If somebody is living in it, they are living in it, so I am not sure that the noble Lord has the...

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: I shall respond briefly to the noble Baroness. The point I made was that if I was living in that property paying rent for the next 74 years, or if I bought it and released the equity in it so that the landlord could invest the money in a replacement, it cannot be said that there would not be additional units because clearly there would be. The equity that was tied up in that unit was freed....

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: I largely agree with the noble Baroness: it is not right that local authorities are funding inefficient RSLs to make the discount up. The money should come first and foremost from the RSLs, but again, nobody on the other Benches is making that case. The case should be made that RSLs should be forced to sweat their assets properly. They are sitting on more than £2.5 billion on their balance...

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, perhaps the Committee will indulge me for a few minutes. I benefited from the right to buy in the 1980s, so unusually I have to disagree with the noble Lord, Lord Best, because I think that that was one of the mistakes this House has made in the past 30-odd years. The number of people who could have had access to home ownership was reduced, and as a country that is something we...

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

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, can I declare all of my interests, although we might be here forever? I am chairman of the Local Government Association, leader of South Holland District Council, chairman of South Holland homes, which is a community interest housing company. I am also a private sector landlord. One of our rural housing providers delivered six code level 6 homes for us about four years ago, which...

Local Government Finance — Statement (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I point noble Lords to my registered interests but more particularly, for the purpose of this, to the fact that I am chairman of the cross-party Local Government Association, in which the Conservatives are only 40% of the total voting weight. I need to make it clear that I am a Conservative but am chairman of a cross-party organisation, and our organisation broadly welcomes...

Local Democracy in the United Kingdom — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, I am delighted to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham. It is somewhat with a sense of trepidation that I speak from these Benches for the first time. When introduced to your Lordships’ House, my daughter Gemma observed that it was the first time she had ever seen me looking nervous. Today will be the second. This has not been helped by finding...


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