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Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I really need to make progress, and I do not want this to become a two-way, Conservative-versus-Labour debate. On the point about spending on childcare, I have already talked about the role of parents in children’s development. Children from less advantaged backgrounds are already behind in their learning by the time they start school, and high-quality early learning from the age of two...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Dominic Raab: ...from hon. Members across the House representing a range of communities, whether those are urban, rural or suburban communities like my own. Building the homes that Britain needs is one of the great social challenges of our generation—a national mission—but we must carry local communities with us. We have heard a lot about that today. From my point of view, I see that dual...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: ...and his focus on providing stability for children. However, I take exception to his claim that family instability is the root cause of poverty, when we know that this Government’s cuts to social security are creating problems for families. Social security support for low-income families has been cut severely. Most working-age benefits, including child benefit, have been frozen until...

Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Shipley: ...need to be there for banning orders to be implemented properly. The Minister referred to the statutory instrument being part of a package. It is indeed only one reform that we need to the private rented sector. We need action on letting fees for agents and capping of up-front deposits—about which a great deal has been said—but also an improvement in minimum standards for...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Heather Wheeler: .... I congratulate the hon. Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck) on her success in the private Members’ Bill ballot, on bringing attention to the important issue of property standards in the rented housing market and, indeed, on her huge amount of work and interest in this area. I refer hon. Members to my entry in the register of ministerial interests. Everyone deserves a decent and...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

David Linden: It is a delight to see you in the Chair, Sir Graham. I start by congratulating the Minister on her promotion; very best wishes from a current Whip to a former Whip. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s gain is the usual channels’ loss. I commend the Committees on this excellent report. My hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss)...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Vagrancy and Homelessness: Cleethorpes (17 Jan 2018)

Heather Wheeler: ...this important debate. This is my first opportunity to reply as a Minister; I am delighted that it is to such an old friend of mine. Let me start with the issue of begging and associated anti-social behaviours. As all hon. Members will be aware, begging is an offence under the Vagrancy Act 1824, and enforcement decisions are a matter for chief constables and for police and crime...

Housebuilders - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2018)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...much in the White Paper. Taken together with these measures in the housing White Paper, the Budget puts us on track to raise housing supply to 300,000 a year on average by the mid-2020s and to drive up housing supply by the end of the current Parliament to its highest annual level since 1970. This represents clear ambition. Many noble Lords referred to the need for more social...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Drew Hendry: ...are enduring. That is when we understand why the Government have to listen and do something about it. The hon. Lady also talked about the pressures on housing stock and the need to support the private rented sector, saying that 66% of private renters have no savings. That is true and is reflected in my experience, albeit anecdotally. People do not have the ability to inject their own cash...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Housing (21 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: ...for a landlord to verify housing costs and apply for an Alternative Payment Arrangement. The landlord portal does not include functionality to track pre-existing and/or arrears levels. The Social Rented Sector landlord is responsible alongside the claimant for managing their rent account. The Social Rented Sector landlord must maintain responsibility for the management of the...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol and Drug-related Deaths (20 Dec 2017)

Clare Haughey: ...them is controversial, it is an initiative that I support as I fully believe that it could help to save lives. Officially sanctioned DCRs have been in existence for over 30 years, and they currently exist in eight European countries, as well as Canada and Australia. Throughout the 1990s, Sydney particularly struggled in the fight against heroin and, knowing the demands of the drug, many...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the mistakes that former Chancellor Osborne made was the cap on rents, which threw into complete chaos the planning of social landlords and housing associations in budgeting for building new houses? It had the effect of reducing the supply, rather than increasing it.

Tackling Financial Exclusion (Financial Exclusion Report) - Motion to Take Note (18 Dec 2017)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: ...as soon as possible. We know that the rise of some types of debt can be strongly associated with changes in government legislation and this is not limited to universal credit. The localisation of the Social Fund, now local welfare assistance, was a matter on which our committee expressed particular concern. In its former guise, this provided a vital safety net, facilitating grants and...

Poverty and Disadvantage - Question for Short Debate (14 Dec 2017)

Baroness Buscombe: ...2010 the annual average income of the poorest fifth of households in this country has risen in real terms by more than £300, while the income of the richest fifth has fallen. However, we are not complacent. We are reducing social rents until 2020, and lowering the cost of housing for tenants and their families. I respect the fact that a number of noble Lords have focused on housing as...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2018-19 (14 Dec 2017)

Derek Mackay: ...Brexit will have and the challenges that we will face from a declining working-age population. It forecasts that productivity growth will be subdued, that the labour market will tighten as a result of reduced migration and that that will impact on gross domestic product. The commission’s forecasts for growth are more cautious than those of other forecasters, but it is clear that, to...

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...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (4 Dec 2017)

Baroness Donaghy: ...caravans and houseboats, so now we know the direction of travel. The actual figure for England was more like 140,850—so no cheating, please. The Government’s target is not achievable under current policies even if we had the capacity to build, and the serious shortage of skills proves that we do not. I rather like the Resolution Foundation’s suggestion for how the...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Alex Sobel: ...issue. In summer 2016, the Prime Minister promised to fight against what she called the “burning injustices” in British society. This weekend, the four key members of the Prime Minister’s Social Mobility Commission resigned, citing little hope that the Government could deliver a more equal society. What more damning indication is there that the Government are failing?...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (4 Dec 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ...be found in the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook, somewhat obscurely, in paragraph 1.19: “The short-term fiscal loosening announced in this Budget boosts growth by 0.1 percentage points in 2018 and 2019, but its withdrawal then reduces it by the same amounts in the following two years”. Plus 0.1 plus 0.1 minus 0.1 minus 0.1 equals zero. When have a Government, with an...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Liddle: ...document highlighted in one of its tables the enormous productivity gap between London and the south-east and some of the other regions in the country. On Tuesday, the State of the Nation report from the Social Mobility Commission, chaired by my good friend Alan Milburn—I wish he was still in politics—painted an extraordinarily bleak picture. The commission’s report said:...


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