Results 181–200 of 3500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Doing some quick mental arithmetic, I suspect that we are talking about four to five instances per housing authority per year; compared to the responsibilities of local authorities for fitness standards, inspection of houses in multiple occupation, electrical safety and the like, this is trivial. As an ex-local authority person myself, I absolutely understand why the noble Lord is concerned,...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: If the landlord were reluctant to let the property, what would then happen? It would go on the market for sale, making it more available to young owner-occupiers, or would-be owner-occupiers. Is that a bad thing given the Government’s philosophy?

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I very much support my noble friend’s amendment, which proposes that any tenancy must be offered for a fixed period of three years. Of course, there may be people who have sold a house and are waiting to buy who need a short tenancy, or there may be students who want it for less than a year—nine months, perhaps—and will then move on. Obviously, no one is saying that any tenant and...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, in that situation I would expect there to be an agreement. Where a landlord is seeking to regain possession for their personal use—as their own home—that, in my understanding, has always been recognised in law as a different situation from someone being a permanent landlord and seeking merely to churn their tenants.

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the proposal is that the landlord should be required to offer it, but that does not in any sense preclude the tenant and the landlord deciding that they want a different tenure.

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am aware that this is Committee stage. How many local authorities have such schemes in place, and what would be the additional cost, in the Minister’s estimate, of producing a national scheme?

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Of course, but I would have thought that if the Minister was responding on cost plans, she might have the information.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Will the Minister ensure that a letter is sent to all those who have taken part in the discussion tonight, outlining the terms of reference of that working party and saying when it is due to report, what it will look at and when we can expect to see its findings?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I also support this amendment. Earlier today we finished Third Reading of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. I wonder whether the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, has talked to the noble Lord, Lord Freud, about the interlocking of this amendment with one of the issues that we were discussing on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. I rather suspect that it may not have happened because of...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I wonder whether the Minister can also help me. She was helpfully describing a working party which is being set up and chaired by Dame Angela Watkinson, to report in three to six months’ time. Given the findings and recommendations with which it will no doubt come forward, can the Minister assure us that there are powers within this proposed legislation—the Act may have gone through by...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: But that would suggest that the chair of the working party and that party did not produce recommendations any different from those currently practised. That of course is not probable. If it is to be effective, one will need some powers in this legislation, by affirmative regulations or something, to come back to that should it be appropriate. I doubt that the Minister would want primary...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. I understood that Amendments 24 and 25 were in the 11th group, but perhaps I missed some earlier realignment of amendments.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry to be a misery on this, but it is rather difficult because, when we get to that point in the debate, we will not be able to debate the amendments. They are quite some distance away; they would have needed to be grouped.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I support the amendment, because I think there is a real issue here. Speaking as a former local authority leader—many people in this House are either former or current local authority leaders—I had three ombudsman judgments against me, of which two were correct and one, in my view, was not. That was over about 25 years, and most were associated with planning issues. Throughout...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Third Reading (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister. I am truly grateful that he has responded in such a compassionate and sympathetic way to the situation of people who are at the hardest edge of kinship care, when bereaved family members are seeking to look after bereaved children. What the Government, and the Minister in particular, have done is remove an additional pressure that we would have been...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (27 Jan 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The noble Lord makes our point for us. If a substantial number of people are in work and managing fine—as, indeed, is the case; it is one of the reasons for supporting UC—they will not seek alternative payment arrangements. Who will seek them? It is those who have the self-knowledge to know that they are vulnerable when it comes to paying their rent, given the pressure of debt payday...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (27 Jan 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I have spent years in either local authority housing management or housing association management. I have represented, possibly unlike the noble Lord, a council estate—one of the largest in the city of Norwich—and day by day, week by week, year by year, we went knocking on doors. We know what we are talking about.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (27 Jan 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I strongly support the amendment moved so ably by the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher. This is a real problem. The previous proposals that we were given, and the previous explanations that we wanted to model on the world of work, frankly belonged to a different planet. Those tenants, particularly in social housing, who need housing benefit are not those, for the most part, who are paid...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (27 Jan 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I have a brief comment and a brief question. I support everything that the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, has said. On Amendment 53, I urge the Minister to take seriously the need for housing associations to be able to plan their building programme and their revenues more than three to four years ahead. The viability of their bank covenants depend on that, and, therefore, their capacity...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (27 Jan 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, all of us in the House supported universal credit and we all recognised the absolutely key role played by the noble Lord, Lord Freud, in seeking to deliver it. Why have those of us who worked on tax credits—my noble friend in the Treasury and myself as the Minister taking the tax credits Bills through this House—none the less gone on to support universal credit? It was because...


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