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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 3 December 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC19 and NC20

 

Housing and Planning Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [10 November 2015, as

 

amended on 19 November 2015.]

 


 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

199

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  4,  at beginning insert “Subject to subsection 1(A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See amendment 200.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

198

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  6,  at end insert “but only where a registered provider of

 

social housing has failed to set a graduated rent charging scheme related to income level”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would allow the Secretary of State to impose rent levels only where voluntary

 

agreements based on a graduated system are not already in existence.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

200

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State must not make regulations under subsection (1) which

 

apply—

 

(a)    

to people aged over 65,

 

(b)    

to people who have a registered disability,

 

(c)    

to people on zero hours contracts,

 

(d)    

to people with seasonal contracts of employment,

 

(e)    

to households where one or more members is in receipt of Employment

 

and Support Allowance,

 

(f)    

where a household member is in receipt of care,

 

(g)    

where a member of the household is a carer for another household

 

member,

 

(h)    

to those living in supported housing, or

 

(i)    

to households in receipt of housing benefit.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish exemptions from the application of high income rents system.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

201

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  leave out lines 8 and 9 and insert—

 

“(a)    

to be on a graduated scale established by the registered provider of social

 

housing to reflect level of income and affordability in the area,

 

(b)    

to follow a scheme that has been subject to full consultation with tenants

 

and agreed by them,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that high income rents will be at a more graduated level than

 

market rents and would be established by the social housing provider.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

202

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  leave out lines 8 and 9 and insert—

 

“(a)    

to be based on the condition of the property with regard to—

 

(i)    

state of repair,

 

(ii)    

age,

 

(iii)    

degree of modernisation/refurbishment,

 

(iv)    

locality,

 

(b)    

in accordance with affordable rents in the area.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that rent levels will be based on the state of repair and location

 

of the dwelling and will take into account the level of other affordable rents in the area.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

203

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

to be increased on a tapered system relating to income and level of rent

 

charged.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would introduce a taper scheme into the application of high income rents, to

 

prevent large jumps in the rent level being charged with only modest increases in income.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

204

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

to take into account the need to promote socially cohesive communities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would enable local authorities and social housing providers to take into account

 

the need to promote and encourage a degree of diversity in their communities.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

205

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

to take into account the need to promote mixed communities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would enable local authorities and social housing providers to take into account

 

the need to promote and encourage a mixture of people with different income levels in their

 

housing stock when setting rent levels.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

206

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

take into account local affordability.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that rent levels should reflect local affordability.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

207

 

Clause  74,  page  30,   leave out line 13

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would address the rationale for rent levels for similar housing varying from area

 

to area.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

211

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  13,   at end insert “and shall only apply where the costs of

 

implementation are reasonable as determined by local authority or Housing Association

 

Board of Trustees.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the cost of implementing the high income rent regime

 

provides value for money.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

208

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  13,   at end insert—

 

“(c)    

and to be subject to a notice period of one year”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide tenants deemed to have a high income with time to relocate to

 

another property or increase their income further.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

209

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  13,   at end insert—

 

“(c)    

and shall be subject to transitional protection”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would allow tenants deemed to have a high income to be given transitional

 

protection so they are able to prepare family budgets to accommodate higher rent levels.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

210

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  13,   at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Secretary of State must make regulations to provide for the external valuation

 

of high income rents”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require that the application of a higher income rent should be subject to

 

external valuation.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

212

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  18,   at end insert—

 

“(6)    

The provisions in this section shall only apply to new tenancies commenced after

 

30 April 2017.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that the high income rent regime would only apply to new

 

tenancies.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

213

 

Clause  74,  page  30,  line  18,   at end insert—

 

“(6)    

All provisions in this clause shall only apply to where the tenant has been

 

provided with a new tenancy agreement.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that the high income rent regime would only apply where tenants

 

have been given a new tenancy agreement.

 


 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

214

 

Clause  75,  page  30,  line  23,   at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

For the purposes of this Chapter high income cannot be set at a level lower than

 

median incomes.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that the high income level cannot be set a level lower than average/

 

median salaries.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

216

 

Clause  75,  page  30,  line  23,   at end insert—

 

“(c)    

be set with reference to average incomes in the area with high incomes

 

being defined by income falling in the top quartile of incomes in the area”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that high incomes will reflect the top quartile of income levels.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

217

 

Clause  75,  page  30,  line  23,   at end insert—

 

“(c)    

use a definition of high income for this purpose based on at least three

 

times multiple of average income in the area concerned”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that high incomes must be at least three times the multiple of

 

average income in the area.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

215

 

Clause  75,  page  30,  line  34,   at end insert—

 

“(g)    

relate to incomes of the tenants only.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that higher income households will only be determined by the level

 

of income of the tenants and not additional household members.

 


 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

218

 

Clause  76,  page  31,  line  1,   leave out subsection (3)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would reduce the scope of regulations made under this section.

 


 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

219

 

Clause  77,  page  31,  line  8,   at beginning insert “Following the adoption of a

 

process agreed with the tenants,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment provides that information will not be disclosed to HMRC without a process for

 

doing so being agreed with tenants in advance.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

220

 

Clause  77,  page  31,  line  15,   leave out subsection 2(c)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make unnecessary the creation of a public body to transfer information

 

from the HMRC to a local authority or registered provider of social housing.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

221

 

Clause  77,  page  31,  line  18,   leave out subsection (2)(d)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make unnecessary the creation of a public body to transfer information

 

from the HMRC to a local authority or registered provider of social housing.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

222

 

Clause  77,  page  31,  line  20,   leave out subsections (3) to (5)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make unnecessary the creation of a public body to transfer information

 

from the HMRC to a local authority or registered provider of social housing.

 


 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

223

 

Clause  78,  page  32,  line  11,   at end insert—

 

“(c)    

should be subject to an external review system.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the high income social tenants mandatory rents regime

 

system should be subject to an external review system.

 



 
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