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Arts: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Baroness Bull: ...as we have heard. This is barely time to get to grips with the score, let alone get a visa. Visa arrangements would also need to protect the right of freelancers to undertake additional work between gigs. This is the work that pays their rent and puts food on the table. The sector is also concerned, as we have heard, about the loss of EU funding, which benefited one in three artists in...

Tenant Fees Bill - Second Reading (10 Oct 2018)

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington: ...in London is very expensive and I think it is unfair of those of us who have extra space not to use it. However, I have never used an agency and hope never to have to do so. On top of increasing rents, tenants often face an arcane list of fees: administrative fees, credit check fees, tenancy renewal fees, referencing costs—and the list goes on. Therefore, I support the Bill in its...

Scottish Parliament: Challenge Poverty Week (4 Oct 2018)

Claudia Beamish: ...46 per cent. Healthy Valleys provides practical support and opportunities to improve people’s circumstances through, for example, child health and wellbeing programmes, parental support and, importantly, social prescriptions. It is a real challenge to engage people who are hard to reach, and to ensure that they can participate equally in the life of a community. One particularly...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (4 Sep 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...move to a low-carbon society, and it presented a clear vision of the kind of country that we want to be: a nation that leads the world in technological innovation and stays true to enduring values of social justice; a country that is proud of its history and achievements but which is equipping itself to seize the opportunities of the future; and a society that is determined to remain open,...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Janet Daby: ...a local councillor, and certainly not an MP; it was quite possibly the furthest thing from my mind. Having grown up with my mum and her endless capacity for compassion and kindness—she gave us children a strong sense of social justice—I was keenly aware from an early age of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on people around me. I was aware that while many resilient...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Grenfell Update (19 Jul 2018)

James Brokenshire: ...have now moved in; of which 96 have moved into their permanent homes and 46 households are currently living in good quality interim accommodation. The number of households in hotels has reduced to 40, with 19 in serviced apartments and three living with friends and family. My Department is working closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to ensure that the properties...

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Jim Shannon: ...all of a sudden feel very much on their own. What has helped those people has been their faith and their integration into church life in Newtownards town. In the 28-day period, people are expected to apply for social housing, but single adults are rarely found to be in priority need and there is a shortage of social housing, as my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast East said. If they want...

Economy: Personal Savings - Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2018)

Lord Northbrook: ...or tax relief. Fourthly, there is the innovative finance ISA. It has advantages: it provides increased choice to investors and has the potential to improve competition in the banking sector by diversifying the available sources of finance. But its weaknesses are also apparent: there are few products and consequently a low take-up. It could be replaced with an investment allowance, which...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: ...to make a claim online; further censures the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for not pausing the roll-out of universal credit in the light of this evidence; and calls on the Government to reduce the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ ministerial salary to zero for four weeks. The findings of the report “Rolling out Universal Credit” by the National Audit...

Rural Areas: Public Services - Question for Short Debate (9 Jul 2018)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...Environment and Rural Communities Act, one that has been rather neglected by government. As a number of noble Lords have said, this was not helped by the closure of the Commission for Rural Communities, the reduced access to independent research and the lack of a strategy to implement rural proofing across other departments. The result is individual cuts and closures of public services,...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Luke Hall: ...and undermine the safety of prisons, and help to support ongoing criminality and the illicit economy inside prisons. Mobile phones and SIM cards are worth a lot of money in prisons, whether sold or rented. That can fuel a vicious circle of debt, violence and reoffending. Prisoners with access to the internet and social media can spread sensitive information about the prison themselves....

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - Report (4 Jul 2018)

Lord Stunell: ...performance of any building is when it is not occupied. An empty home, which by definition is not occupied, is exactly the right place for energy improvements to take place. Whether the home is for sale or rent, then is the moment to strike. The Government have introduced proposals to make sure that rented accommodation achieves certain minimum standards of energy performance. However, for...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: ...because I want to make some progress. That money cannot be spent on day-to-day services such as our NHS. On the NHS, our Scottish Government have invested an additional £550 million in health and social care. We have increased the health and sport budget by 9.6% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2018-19. In addition, our NHS Scotland staff will be offered a 9% pay rise over the next...

Persistent Rough Sleeping in Nottingham (2 Jul 2018)

Lilian Greenwood: ...be too hard to negotiate, resulting in a preference for begging. Of course, that is an unreliable source of income, and it puts accommodation at risk, which is particularly relevant to the recurrent group. The high proportion of persistent rough sleepers who have been in prison find that a lack of support on discharge frequently precipitates a return to a previous chaotic lifestyle. The...

Scottish Parliament: Prescription (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Jun 2018)

Neil Findlay: ..., as we have heard during the debate. However, I want to focus on how the bill and the issues around it will impact on people. In a past life, I worked for six years as a front-line housing officer in the social housing sector. I worked with tenants, housing associations and councils, and I took a great interest in the welfare rights side of the job. I tried to ensure that people received...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - Committee (19 Jun 2018)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...clear case for increasing the cap on the premium that applies to long-term empty properties. The noble Lord, Lord Stunell, gave distinguished service in the coalition Government—I think in my current role—and rightly referred to the importance of the issue. We have borne down on it. My noble friend Lord Patten, who is not in his place, referred at Second Reading to how the...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Energy (Community Benefit) (7 Jun 2018)

Kenneth Gibson: ...an aspect of Scotland’s role in renewable energy production that is rarely at the forefront of discussions on our low-carbon future. Scotland is already a world leader in renewable energy, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring that we benefit from the creation of green jobs. Scottish Renewables estimates that 8,000 people are directly employed in the onshore wind...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill - Second Reading (4 Jun 2018)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...it is designed to address two basic needs. First, it restores previous valuation practice for those hard-working business ratepayers affected by the so-called staircase tax. Secondly, it aims to reduce the number of empty and unused homes, helping those who are struggling to find a place to live. I turn to the detail of the Bill’s first measure, which relates to the so-called...

Legislative Reform (Regulator of Social Housing) (England) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (23 May 2018)

Lord Best: My Lords, the argument over whether the grant maker for social housing and the regulator for social housing should be the same government body has raged for 45 years. I was in the midst of the argument back in 1973, representing the housing associations as chief executive of the National Housing Federation. The Housing Corporation was being greatly enlarged by the Housing Act 1974; it had...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill - Second Reading (22 May 2018)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...and put in place measures to offset their loss or else not proceed with removing the safeguard tariff. Seventhly, we are concerned that, because this Bill is at heart intended to promote switching as a means of reforming the energy market, it will not of itself reduce prices. According to the Dieter Helm review, the cost of energy is significantly higher than it needs to be to meet the...


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