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Lord Byron: 200th Anniversary - Question (16 Apr 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, Ada Lovelace, who is credited with being the world’s first computer programmer, was Lord Byron’s daughter. Her achievements are truly remarkable and surely worthy of a prominent statue in London, especially as there are more statues to animals in London than to named women. Does the Minister agree?

Building Safety - Statement (27 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, in reference to the Statement, I have to say how irritating it is that statistics are selected to project a positive picture of progress made on the remediation of building defects as a result of the Building Safety Act and how refreshing it would be if the Government were able to reflect on the poor rate of progress, instead of trying to spin a success story. Spinning the progress...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Second Reading (27 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for being so generous with her time in discussing the content of this Bill and for being willing, on behalf of the Government, to front it. As we have heard, there is wide support for the Bill, but significant shortcomings have been noted from all quarters and all sides. Reform of this archaic property ownership arrangement is long overdue. There has been a...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Second Reading (27 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: Of 1909.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Construction (26 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask His Majesty's Government whether, in calculating a five-year supply of allocated housing sites, they will include (1) those sites with existing planning consent but not yet developed, and (2) units not yet built in partly developed sites.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Construction (26 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask His Majesty's Government following the passage of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023, whether local authorities are able to determine the number of housing units that their district needs without having to follow any direction from the Government on numbers required.

Local Government Finances - Motion to Take Note (21 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Shipley for securing this debate, and for his excellent and analytical introduction, and all noble Lords for the many local examples that they have shared and for their eloquent contributions. I have relevant interests as a councillor for nearly 40 years and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. The words “local government” were...

West Midlands Combined Authority (Transfer of Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2024 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (13 Mar 2024)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I am very pleased that the noble Lord, Lord Bach, has again brought the attention of this House to this difficult issue. I want to emphasise just three points. First, in this country, we have a noble approach to policing, which is policing by consent. It seems to me that policing by consent should also include policing by consent of our elected local representatives. In this case,...

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...


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