Results 81–100 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) (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: What the noble Baroness is saying is that every time private landlords’ rents go up, the subsidy to council tenants from the taxpayer is increased. That is Orwellian.

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I will speak to this group of amendments, and in particular in support of Amendment 69D, which would make pay to stay voluntary for local authorities. The government argument for RTB for housing association tenants is the level playing field—or, as the noble Lord, Lord Porter, said, similar treatment of people on either side of the street. The Government have also proposed pay to...

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I would suggest that the noble Baroness should do that because otherwise an awful lot of speeches could be made on false assumptions.

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Can the Minister help me on a question that we have been pursuing through several Committee days? It is clear that there will be a time gap—even if one accepts the push in policy, which of course I do not—between selling more valuable property and the deployment of the money to fund housing association discounts. Housing association discounts will be required on day three after the Bill...

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

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, before the noble Baroness moves on, I say thank you for the firm proposal. Whatever our views about the Bill—and they are very divided—the one thing that we all want is, as far as possible, to build abuse out of the system. I am glad that the noble Baroness had the chance to see the “Dispatches” programme, which confirmed some of our worst fears. Many of us have had similar...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I strongly support Amendment 67B, moved so well by the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake. I want to talk about two aspects of this: proposed new subsection (2)(e), on restoration work, and paragraph (f), on transfers, about which the noble Lord, Lord Best, has just been speaking. Unlike housing associations, local authorities retain a statutory responsibility for seeking to meet the whole...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I want to ask the Minister this as I genuinely do not know what the answer is. If the local authority wishes to retain some share of the proceeds, but the demand for discounts, even within its own city area, surpasses the amount that it wishes to retain to replace its stock, how will the decision be made?

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Does that mean that housing need in a particular local authority will be discarded to fund discounts?

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords—

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: It is simply that the people on that waiting list want that which is being sold, which is a socially rented house. They do not want to buy—they cannot afford to—they do not necessarily want to go into a different tenure of house and they do not want to work with a developer; they want what the local authority is being forced to sell with no guarantee of a replacement.

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am still worried about the effect of redistribution, given that the levy will not apply to all local authorities evenly. We established on the last Committee day that we are getting redistribution from poorer council tenants to more prosperous housing association tenants. We are also getting, as we learned today, redistribution from local authorities with retained stock to those...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I think we are pleased that the Minister shares our concern, as we would expect her to do, about the widespread abuses, some of which apply to RTB on council housing, and which will certainly, if we do not check them, apply to RTB on housing association sales. Given the local government experience, which is not normally found in her civil servants, supportive though they may be, would she...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry. We have been hammering away about SIs and all the rows we have had on this, but will we have this information before the Bill completes its passage through this House?

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: We have spent a long time on starter homes, where we are not going to get the detail until after Royal Assent because the Government have only just started the consultation process and that will inform the regs, so outside bodies—discussion groups—will inform the regs, not this House. Now we are being told the same thing about all the detail on right to buy and the apportionment of how...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Perhaps I might add one further point. I do not know whether the noble Lord, Lord Young, would agree with my description, but certainly when I was taking Bills through, including the Bills I was responsible for within the department, I had to go to something called “LegCo”—the legislative sub-committee of the Cabinet—where 40 Bills were queuing up for, say, 25 slots in the programme....

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, nobody, genuinely, is criticising the Minister. I would not want to be in her position at all and, frankly, I would not have been allowed to be in her position. What we have is the brazenness, if you like, of a manifesto commitment being used to wing a Bill through both Houses without adequate information. I know the Minister is absolutely doing her best, but with all respect she...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords—

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, it would be helpful if the Minister, when she made the statement about the reduction in rents to the benefit of housing association and local authority tenants, had accepted that three-quarters of that money will go back to the Chancellor in reduced housing benefit. This is not a “helping tenants to afford their rents” policy; it is about reducing the housing benefit bill. On a...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Am I right to say that those 165 local authorities will be cross-subsidising not only the right to buy on their own patch but the right to buy in the other 300 or so housing authorities in the country?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Can the Minister also tell us whether all this information—and as a result, the Government’s estimate of the size of the levy and the contribution to be made by local authorities, according to their turnover and so on—will be available before we get to Report?


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