Results 1–20 of 119 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Wera Hobhouse

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: In that case, I encourage the Minister to explain to local authorities and social housing associations in clear terms how this mechanism to deliver social homes in local authorities is going to work—and will he do it quickly, please?

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I thank the Minister for giving way again. What will he say to the 99 families who will not be housed in Bath and who will, basically, have to move outside the area because that is the only way that they can find a home to rent? That is what we call social cleansing. What will he say to those families?

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I asked for this Adjournment debate for two reasons: first, because the Minister for Housing and Planning declined to call in a planning decision in my constituency under which 99 social homes for rent will be lost in a big regeneration scheme; and secondly, because in the recent Budget, which was meant to be the housing Budget, the Chancellor did not once mention social homes for rent. The...

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. The Budget also announced that the cap on local authorities’ housing revenue accounts will finally be lifted, but only in high-demand areas. It has not been clarified how authorities will apply, which makes it difficult for local councils. People on low incomes, people working on zero-hours contracts and people on universal credit increasingly...

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. The coalition Government started the bedroom tax when I was a councillor in a local authority where the unfairness of the tax became obvious, particularly because the local authority did not have the houses to rehouse people in smaller accommodation. The bedroom tax is just a penalty for people who are already struggling. If the Government think...

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: My hon. Friend is making a good point. That is the reason why 50% of local authorities no longer own their social housing stock; they were encouraged to give it over to social housing associations in order to write off that historical debt. That has created other problems, and this is exactly what I am talking about tonight. Let me talk briefly about Foxhill, in my constituency, as an...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: As a member of the Labour party, the hon. Gentleman should understand the word “solidarity”. He has just been talking about the fact that Europe is much more than just a financial project. Is this not about European solidarity and we, as one of the richest countries in the world, acting in solidarity with people and countries in eastern Europe, which, for decades, have been losing...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Is not this debate bringing out the fact that the will of the people is a very mixed bag? Is it not therefore admissible for us to get close to the will of the people through these debates and, if it appears that we are going to get a great result out of Brexit, to go to the people again and asked them to confirm or reject their original decision? That is what I call democracy.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that we should call this process a confirmation of the first decision? Then we could keep things very neutral: people could confirm that this really was what they voted for. What should any of us who are democrats be afraid of? If there is confirmation of the original decision, fine, but let us wait and see whether people want to confirm their original decision.

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Will the Secretary of State accept that leaving the customs union was not on the ballot paper on 23 June 2016?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Last month, the Secretary of State decided not to call in a planning application on Foxhill, where we are losing 99 homes for social rent, telling us that the development is in line with Government policy. Will he confirm that losing social homes for rent is Government policy?

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I thank the Minister for giving way. Does he agree that every day that passes means another day that EU citizens are living in limbo? I assure him that they are coming to my surgery in big numbers. Every day that passes is important, and the Government need to get on with setting out exactly what settled status means and to design a programme tomorrow.

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: By not releasing the papers in their original form, is the Minister aware that the implication is that I and other members of the Select Committee cannot be trusted to act in the national interest?

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: It took one of my constituents several months and many phone calls even to receive an assessment for her relative. When she finally managed to receive it, the nurse on the day said that it was unlikely that continuing healthcare would be provided. Does my right hon. Friend agree that treating relatives in such a way when they are already going through a very difficult emotional time is...

Industrial Strategy: Points of Order (27 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your advice on correcting the record. I gave a speech in the Budget debate on Thursday in which I stated that the Foxhill housing development in my constituency delivers no change in the number of homes for social rent. However, I misspoke; the fact is there will be a loss of 99 homes for social rent. I also seek your advice on how to receive...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: I cited very stark figures showing that social homes are not being built: 32,000 were built in 2011, but only 5,000 were built in 2016. Will the Minister address that problem?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: Yesterday’s Budget was supposed to be “the housing Budget.” It was a crucial opportunity for the Chancellor to fix the country’s housing crisis. I listened carefully to the Chancellor’s speech, and it contained not a single mention of social homes for rent. That is the area where the biggest pressures are. A combination of factors has meant that the social...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Wera Hobhouse: From what I heard earlier, the Chancellor never mentioned homes for social rent. Can the right hon. Gentleman confirm that he, too, did not hear them mentioned?


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