Results 141–160 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 (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I accept the point about the manifesto commitment—we came in in 1997 in the same way. But what we then did was, where possible, to go for a White Paper to flesh out the details of how it would be done and used the responses to that White Paper to shape the regulations behind the drafting of the Bills. Would the noble Lord agree that that is the most appropriate way forward in this...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, might I ask the Minister a question following the powerful speeches from the Cross Benches today? Can she explain why the financial instruments we currently have would not address the problems that she has identified? I think we all agree that we need to increase the supply of housing and that we want more people to have the choice of which tenure they occupy given basic...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The noble Lord, Lord Young, said that in return for paying a slightly lower rent, they would effectively acquire an equity stake. Does he not mean a slightly higher rent as part of the Rent to Buy process?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Perhaps I may add to the point made by my noble friend. Many of the abuses will indeed be made if not by the mortgage principle then by continuing the discount in perpetuity. Can the Minister tell us why she thinks, if the discount in perpetuity were to apply, that would disadvantage first-time buyers in the future: those who bought the first time round, the second time round or the third...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: No, my Lords; the problem with the noble Lord’s comment—I do not know whether he was here when we were discussing this earlier—is that we are dealing with what is essentially a skeleton Bill. We do not know how this scheme is going to work in any sort of detail. We have spent some time today and some time on Tuesday trying to tease out the detail. We do not blame the Minister; we...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: On that last point, we want to help people to buy a starter home if they have a good chance of affording it. On the one hand, we want to stop abuse but, on the other hand, we do not want to stop appropriate geographical mobility. The core of the problem is that after five years the 20% discount ends. I hope that the Minister will understand the overlap between a lot of these discussions and...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I support my noble friend in what he says. This morning, I was sent briefing data from the city of Cambridge. The average house price in Cambridge city, based on February 2016 data, is £483,625—in other words, £484,000. The lowest quartile price is £315,000, and there has been a 17% increase in the last 12 months. South of Cambridgeshire—so people would have to travel in, but none the...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I understand why the Minister has been unable to pick up all the questions that have been thrown at her, but one question I asked was: have the Government considered an income cap as well as an age cap? If they have rejected that idea, why?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: If there is the demand that the noble Baroness thinks that there will be, how will she reconcile that with the fact that many people on a higher income who could afford to go into the open market—those in jobs with a professional qualification, such as accountancy, law, medicine, teaching and so on—will not start earning their salaries until their late 20s, at which point they will be...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The Minister is happy later in the Bill to have an income restriction for council tenants but not, apparently, on the donation of a very large subsidy to people in the purchase market.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Yes it is, my Lords, because under “pay to stay”, two tenants—a couple—each earning £15,000 a year, possibly with three or four children, will not even be eligible for housing benefit, but will have to pay market rents to stay.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, does that mean that the consultation period will be through by the end of March, the end of April or what?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, if that means we will not get the results of the Government’s response to the consultation until after Report, I suggest that through the usual channels they consider delaying Third Reading, or at least the use of Third Reading to take Report-style questions that we would not have been able to ask on Report because of the Government’s handling of their own timetable.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Does that mean that the proposed draft regulations will be available to noble Lords before Report, so that we can see how the Minister ensures to target starter homes on those who most of us would accept need them most, given income and occupations that some may have which our society needs?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry; it may be a matter of when Report happens. The Minister should recognise that noble Lords all around the Chamber are floundering, because we do not know enough. We are not challenging the Minister’s good intent; I am sure that she is telling us everything she knows at the moment and that she does not wish to mislead the Committee, nor to pre-empt decisions that her department...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: It would be really helpful if the Minister could assure the House—we really do need this—that proposed draft regulations will be before this House before we get to Report. If not, we will have major problems in this and other areas. It is not too much to ask. The Bill started in the other place last autumn, so there has been abundant time for the Government to determine what their policy...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Is the Minister aware that, in the other place, they took 17 Committee days to discuss this Bill?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, in that case will local authorities be able to claim Section 106 land which has now been earmarked for starter homes and which in the past has funded more than 50% of social housing in this country? The Minister says that they can do it but she is denying them the powers, the authority and the revenue base by which to do it.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am sorry, my Lords, but that is not good enough. In the past, local authorities and housing associations have relied on Section 106 but that is largely going to disappear unless some of the amendments that we will discuss later are taken into account. It is no use the Minister saying that she has no reason to think that this will not continue when it will not—unless she can tell us how...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I have been chair of a modestly sized housing association across Norfolk, and virtually all our new building was under Section 106. Take 106 away and the building will stop—full stop.


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