Housing Bill

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics

NB: This article was amended to reflect three further defeats that took place the following week. The Government's flagship housing legislation is ha...

Protection Racket

Baroness Dianne Hayter | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Dianne Hayter

Anyone's who has ever bought a house probably knows that when the money is paid over to their lawyer it goes into a separate 'client bank account' rather than the solicitor's own business account. A situation very different from the one used for letting agents where, almost unbelievably, there is no statutory requirement for such a separate account.

Government's Housing Reforms Will Lock Out the Majority of First-Time Buyers

Cathy Bakewell | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Cathy Bakewell

The past fortnight has been a bad one for those dreaming of buying their first home. First there was news that average house price growth has risen to hit a rate of 10.1%, and then Shelter's new figures showed that you will need to earn £64k and have a deposit of £46k to get on the housing ladder by 2020.

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government is facing pressure to climb down on plans to charge better-off social housing tenants to “pay to stay” after three straight defeats...

Tory Government's Housing Bill Is Being Quietly Demolished

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government's "half-baked" housing reforms are being shot to pieces as ministers face more humiliation at the hands of the House of Lords. And furt...

The Government's Housing Plans Are a Mess

John Healey | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

As Labour continues to expose and oppose the worst elements of this Housing Bill, Ministers face losing more votes, But much more damaging is the public losing any confidence that the government is competent to fix this housing crisis.

Labour Predicts 'Profound Defeats' For Government Over Housing Bill

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics

More humiliation could be in store for the Government after Labour warned it faces “quite profound defeats” over its flagship housing reforms. Lab...

Tapering Over the Cracks

Lord Jeremy Beecham | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Jeremy Beecham

Following speculation that Ministers would introduce a 'taper' to the increases, this is now going to be forthcoming. But when it came to light last Thursday, four months after the end of a government consultation, there were no details of how it would work and on what basis. A concession on the taper would of course, be better than nothing, but even this could be a disincentive to look for a better paid job or work longer hours.

We Need a Housing Bill That's Fair for All

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

We need a housing bill that supports stability, recovery, progress and independence... We talk about people caught in the 'revolving door' syndrome of recovery and relapse. Having a place to call home can make all the difference in breaking that cycle for good.

England Needs More Security in Our Housing Market, Not Less - The Government Should Re-think Its Approach to Council Tenancies

Campbell Robb | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Campbell Robb

We must learn from the past. The last generation of mass council house building included some ugly monolithic estates that did not meet people's aspirations, as well as some better designs. The next generation of low-rent homes need to look like any home you'd see on an ordinary street, and work for the same people who live on those streets.

Let All The Children Boogie: David Bowie Haunts the Housing Bill

Simon Elmer | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Simon Elmer

Last night, thousands of Londoners came out onto the streets of Brixton to say farewell to the Starman. But I like to think we were also there because there is a growing awareness that unless we do something soon, the Brixton and London we live in will soon be gone...

Don't Be Fooled - The Tory Housing Bill Will Make London's Housing Crisis Worse

Sadiq Khan | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

Don't let the Conservatives pull the wool over your eyes - their amendments are far too weak to help London. Any MP who really wants to do something to help fix the Tory housing crisis will be walking through the voting lobby to support my proposals today.

Even Tory Ministers Are Ashamed of This Housing Bill

John Healey | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

Last Tuesday night MPs were kept in the House of Commons until 2am, as the government forced through their Housing and Planning Bill in the early hours. Tory Ministers had snuck in more than 60 pages of new legislation at the last minute, including redefining 'affordable housing' to include homes for sale costing up to £450,000, and handing local planning over to private companies. No wonder Ministers are scared of debate on this bad Bill. This Housing Bill will be written up in the history books as evidence of a government that washed its hands of fixing our housing crisis.

Is This Really So Hard to Understand?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

What is most ridiculous is that as most disabled people come by their impairment later in life it is very likely that the very people who are so upset by this system of support may have to call on it one day, when they need it the most. Bet they call it fair then.

Housing Policies Which Should Make Us All Worried

Clive Betts | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
Clive Betts

My forecast is by the end of this Parliament there will be a lower percentage of homes that are owner occupied, there will be fewer social rented properties, there will be more insecurity and pressure on family budgets and we won't have built the million homes the Prime Minister promised. We should all be very worried.

Wasted Fuel: How a Brave Government Could Kick-Start the Economy

Phil Shanks | Posted 31.03.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

In 2008 economies across the globe crashed as a worldwide shortage of cash liquidity brought the financial system to a standstill. Rather like a car that has run out of petrol, subsequent attempts to restart the engine have failed.