Results 21–40 of 600 for housing speaker:Rachel Maclean

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...change means for them, what we expect them to do, and what they should be doing on behalf of their residents to make sure the money is spent properly to protect the rivers, seas and lakes, and get houses built.

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: It might sound very nice on the hon. Gentleman’s Facebook clip, but if he actually looks at the facts he will find it is Conservative-run councils that have, on the whole, delivered more houses over the last few years in responding to the needs of their constituents, and Labour-run councils that are experiencing significant failures in delivering the houses that their residents need.

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: My right hon. Friend is entirely correct and I thank him for his support. We need to wait for the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill to achieve Royal Assent—it must, of course, undergo parliamentary scrutiny in both Houses—but we are working apace. We have already started that engagement with local authorities and partners, Natural England and others, to ensure that they have all the...

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: What I take issue with in the right hon. Gentleman’s questions—plural—is his comment that we scrapped housing targets. We have done no such thing. We are committed to building 1 million homes during this Parliament, and we have the target of building 300,000 homes every year. That is a very important target that we stand by. What we are doing, unlike the Labour party, is taking account...

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...package overall, and that means we can meet head-on the challenge of delivering the much-needed planning permissions that my hon. Friend will no doubt welcome in his area—which I know needs more housing—and also protect and enhance our environment. In its recent comments, the Office for Environmental Protection has interpreted this in a very narrow fashion, and we do not necessarily...

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: The simple answer to my hon. Friend’s question is that he is right. The existing legal framework that has been hindering us has had a disproportionate effect on planning permissions and house building when the main source of the pollution lies elsewhere. Overall, this package will be able to deliver house building and extensions in my hon. Friend’s constituency, help the smaller builders...

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...in scope of the credit scheme. However, she has hit the nail on the head: the key point is that some of these things take a very long time to come on stream but we need to start unblocking those houses now, which is why we have taken this proportionate approach with the amendments.

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: .... That is backed up by our plan for water and the further announcements we are putting in place today. What is more, I know from his correspondence that his constituents also want to see affordable housing being built, and that is what this will enable.

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: What I would like to see from Members on the other side of the House is an apology for talking this country down, which they have done repeatedly. I am not sure whether the hon. Lady was able to tune in to Treasury questions recently when the Chancellor set the record straight on how we now have one of the fastest-growing rates in the G7. It is this Conservative Government who will get every...

Nutrient Neutrality: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill ( 5 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: The Welsh Labour Government have a shocking record on house building, as they have on many issues. What is more, they are not tackling the issue at source, which is why we are bringing forward our catchment plans and our protected site strategies. A lot of the rivers that are draining from Wales are impacting negatively on constituencies in England. The only thing I agree with in the hon....

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold: Service Charges ( 4 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...effectively challenge their landlord if they consider their fees are unreasonable. We are due to bring forward further leasehold reforms later in this parliament. With regard specifically to social housing tenants living in housing associations I refer the Hon. Member to the oral answers given on 27 March 2023 (Official Report, HC, Volume 730, Column 644) and to the answers given to...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Finance ( 4 Sep 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...Combined Authority and London. A further £360 million has been made available to local authorities and Mayoral Combined Authorities through the Brownfield Land Release Fund and the Brownfield Housing Fund. The funding will boost local areas by transforming disused sites and investing in vital infrastructure to help create vibrant communities for people to live and work, while also...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: High Rise Flats: Floods (25 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...resident). Local authorities must take reasonable steps to prevent and/or relieve homelessness for eligible households. They must also provide temporary accommodation until long-term settled housing is secured for households that have priority need; this includes any household with a dependent child and households that are homeless as a result of an emergency such as flood, fire or other...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Refugees: Ukraine (25 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...own homes. Funding is un-ringfenced, which allows councils to use the funding as best suits their area, including measures to support guests to access the private rented sector. The Local Authority Housing Fund provides capital funding directly to councils in England to obtain housing for Ukrainian and Afghan families and in the longer term will provide a new and permanent supply of...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Buildings (25 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has a duty of care to ensure that its buildings are safe and without risks to the health of our staff, visitors and members of the public with access. The Department has made a preliminary assessment of buildings it occupies and concluded that very few, if any, are likely to have been constructed using reinforced autoclaved aerated...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Private Rented Housing: Standards (24 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...unable to plan for the future or call where they live a home. Removing them is vital to improving tenant security - protecting their ability to stay in their homes, avoiding unwanted and expensive house moves, and enabling them to put down roots in their local communities. With the threat of retaliatory section 21 evictions removed, tenants will be better able to challenge landlords who...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Affordable Housing: Key Workers (24 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that local authorities should assess the housing need of different groups in their communities, and support delivery of affordable housing to help meet those needs. Government is on target to build around 250,000 affordable homes through the Affordable Homes Programme 2016-23, with around 244,000 new housing starts by March 2023, and a...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Almshouses: Finance (24 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...the Hon. Member to my answer to Question UIN 185863 on 30 May 2023. Almshouses play a valuable role in providing homes for communities across the country. Registration with the Regulator of Social Housing is voluntary for almshouses, and a number of almshouses do choose to register. Where almshouses are registered with the Regulator, they are required to meet the Regulator's economic and...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold: Reform (20 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: ...and we will provide a response in due course. As part of our programme of reform for the leasehold system, my ministerial colleagues and I have met with a range of parliamentarians from both Houses as well as representatives of both leaseholders and freeholders, and we will continue to do so. We are due to bring forward further leasehold reforms later in this Parliament.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Leicester East (20 Jul 2023)

Rachel Maclean: The provision of affordable housing is part of the Government's plan to build more homes and provide aspiring homeowners with a step onto the housing ladder. Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes for both rent and to buy right across the country. We would encourage Local Authorities in Leicester to work with social housing providers to bid...


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