Results 61–80 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 (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: They may be immaculate for five years or seven years and then when you go round the estates you can see the houses that were bought by council tenants, which were then sold on into buy to let. So there are two stages, and I can assure the Minister that in many estates the buy-to-let running down of property infuriates not only council tenants who did not buy but council tenants who did and stayed.

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: But the stats are available to the Minister. This is not the progression of a personal view. We know that over 40% of council housing that was sold under right to buy has been cycled into buy to let. We know that, and in some places—

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords—

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I also support my noble friend’s amendments. Like him and many others in this House, I have been a local authority leader. Many of us have been housing chairs, possibly on the way to becoming local authority leaders. Whenever we went round on what we used to call site visits, we could tell the stable community estates. They were the ones with no graffiti and no litter; in which...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, tenants on housing benefit may have that benefit administered by Capita, Serco or Liberata. When those tenants seek housing benefit, they know that their finances will be scrutinised. I have never known it to happen that HMRC information is needed to do that. But when instead you are dealing with pay to stay, you have got to go to HMRC to get reliable information. What that means is...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Yes, it cannot work.

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, Serco, Capita or Liberata, the companies that I was citing earlier, are currently administering housing benefit. That is because, to some extent, the tenants seek housing benefit. But the Minister seems to be saying that, when it comes to pay to stay, they cannot have that information and that only local authorities can. Yet, as we know, particularly where household income is...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Why on earth should we be pleased that the Government will allow local authorities a reasonable proportion of their costs to be reimbursed? The whole of any profit will go to central government. Yet apparently the costs of raising that money may be divvied up in whatever proportion the Secretary of State judges reasonable. That is unacceptable. If we are supposed to be raising money for the...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I want to follow up my noble friend’s well-spotted point that I had not picked up on. Clause 84(5) says: “The regulations may provide for assumptions to be made in making a calculation, whether or not those assumptions are, or are likely to be, borne out by events”. Likely to be borne out by events? Can I just ask the Minister a very simple question which I think might allay our fears?...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry but this is a subsection of Clause 84 and we do not know what it means and what the implications are. This Bill has gone through the House of Commons at great length and Ministers cannot tell us what it means?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I still have not got the faintest understanding of how pay-to-stay rents will connect with people’s incomes and UC. Clearly, universal credit is established on a monthly basis on real-time information and in due course will include housing benefit, if that is a flow of income. How often does the Minister expect pay-to-stay rents to be adjusted by the local authority over the course of the...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: It is not a detail—it is at the core of local authorities’ ability to handle this scheme.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I thank the Minister for giving way. We know that appeals procedures usually take several months; we also know from experience that people’s income fluctuates very widely. How would the Minister protect local authorities from having to recalibrate the rents to be charged each and every month to their tenants? How will the local authority ever stay on top of that information when the tenant...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords—

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Would the Minister please repeat her statement about the difficulties caused by rents changing as a result of this policy, particularly in the period between notification and payment? The whole push of our previous two hours’ discussion has been that she is producing a system in which every tenant will pay a different rent—probably month by month—according to what is happening to their...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the Minister has now said twice that, under her proposals, any household paying a higher rent under pay to stay should, instead, be thinking about right to buy, and that she would prefer them to do that. If they are local authority tenants, can afford to do so, and wish to, they will already have taken this up. Why does she think they have not? One reason is that, with renting,...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I think we recognise that the Minister is doing her best to be helpful but does she not think that this is a little odd? She had a firm view about pensioners—that they should not be exempt from pay to stay—but she did not really have a clear view on whether any of the other groups mentioned in the amendment would be entitled to some consideration or exemption from pay to stay....

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Can the Minister help me on this? Under UC and so on, we are dealing with real-time information, where people’s income fluctuates month by month. Does this mean that the Minister will not be interested in that fluctuation month by month in terms of the taper? As far as local authorities are concerned, and as far as I can see, they will be required to have personally tailored rents, probably...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Does the Minister therefore not accept that the path that she appears to be going down is individually tailored rents which will fluctuate month by month, which local authorities will be expected to determine and collect?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Could the noble Baroness specify what form that subsidy takes? Certainly in the local authorities I am familiar with, the rents charged cover maintenance, repairs, collection, administration and the like, and receive no taxpayer subsidy—unless the Minister is saying that anything below market rent is a subsidy by definition, which I think is an absurd position. As far as I am aware, there...


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