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Notices of Amendments: 8 January 2016                  

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Secretary Greg Clark

 

NC61

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“HMRC information for private registered providers

 

(1)    

HMRC may disclose information for the purpose of enabling a private registered

 

provider of social housing to apply any relevant policy about levels of rent for

 

high income social tenants in England.

 

(2)    

The information may only be disclosed to—

 

(a)    

the private registered provider of social housing,

 

(b)    

the Secretary of State for the purposes of passing the information to

 

registered providers,

 

(c)    

a public body that has been given the function of passing information

 

between HMRC and registered providers by regulations under subsection

 

(3), or

 

(d)    

a body with which the Secretary of State has made arrangements for the

 

passing of information between HMRC and registered providers.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations—

 

(a)    

give a public body the function mentioned in subsection (2)(c), and

 

(b)    

make provision about the carrying out of that function.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must obtain HMRC’s consent before making—

 

(a)    

arrangements under subsection (2)(d), or

 

(b)    

regulations under subsection (3).

 

(5)    

Information disclosed under this section to the Secretary of State or to a body

 

mentioned in subsection (2)(c) or (d) may be passed on to a registered provider

 

for which it is intended.

 

(6)    

Information disclosed under this section may not otherwise be further disclosed

 

without authorisation from HMRC.

 

(7)    

Where a person contravenes subsection (6) by disclosing any revenue and

 

customs information relating to a person whose identity—

 

(a)    

is specified in the disclosure, or

 

(b)    

can be deduced from it,

 

    

section 19 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 (wrongful

 

disclosure) applies in relation to that disclosure as it applies in relation to a

 

disclosure of such information in contravention of section 20(9) of that Act.

 

(8)    

In this section—

 

“HMRC” means the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and

 

Customs;

 

“relevant”, in relation to a private registered provider’s policy about levels

 

of rent for high income social tenants in England, means a policy that—

 

“(a)    

has been published as required by section (Private providers:

 

policies for high income social tenants), and


 
 

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(b)    

complies with any requirements imposed under subsection (2) of

 

that section;

 

“revenue and customs information relating to a person” has the meaning

 

given by section 19(2) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs

 

Act 2005;

 

“tenant” includes prospective tenant.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC39

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Living Rent Commission

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint a body, to be known as “the Living Rent

 

Commission”, to discharge the functions conferred under this section.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall refer to the Living Rent Commission to determine a

 

definition of “affordability”, based on which it shall make recommendations on

 

rent levels for all housing provided by local authorities and private registered

 

providers in England, at a level of locality considered appropriate and practicable

 

by the Commission.

 

(3)    

Before arriving at the recommendations to be included in the report produced

 

under subsection (4), the Living Rent Commission shall consult—

 

(a)    

such organisations representative of providers of affordable housing as

 

they think fit;

 

(b)    

such organisations representative of affordable housing occupants as

 

they think fit; and

 

(c)    

if they think fit, any other body or person.

 

(4)    

The Living Rent Commission shall, after considering the matter referred to it

 

under subsection (2), make a report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of

 

State which shall contain the Commission’s recommendations regarding

 

affordable rents.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations implement the Commission’s

 

recommendations on affordable rents for private registered providers and local

 

authority provided housing.

 

(6)    

If, following the report of the Living Rent Commission under subsection (4)

 

above, the Secretary of State decides—

 

(a)    

not to make any regulations implementing the Commission’s

 

recommendation, or

 

(b)    

to make regulations which do not relate to a recommendation of the

 

Commission,

 

    

the Secretary of State shall lay a report before each House of Parliament

 

containing a statement of the reasons for the decision.


 
 

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(7)    

The definitions determined and recommendations made under subsection (2)

 

shall be reviewed annually by the Living Rent Commission.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would set up a Living Rent Commission to define and determine affordable rents.

 

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

144

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  33,  line  12,  leave out Clause 79

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, together with amendments 145 to 153, would leave out Chapter 4 of Part 4.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

113

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  14,  leave out “a registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “an English local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is the first of a number of amendments that restrict Chapter 4 of Part 4 of the Bill (high income

 

social tenants: mandatory rents) to local authorities. Private registered providers will not be

 

required to charge high income social tenants specific rents but NC60 and NC61 are intended to

 

facilitate them doing so on a voluntary basis.

 

Mr Gary Streeter

 

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Clause  79,  page  33,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

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

 

apply to tenants in affordable rent to buy properties.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would exclude tenants in affordable rent to buy properties from the application

 

of mandatory rent requirements for high income social tenants.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

95

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Any regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section will not

 

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 ESA;

 

(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; and


 
 

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(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.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

57

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  19,  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 huge jumps in the rent level being charged with only modest increases in income.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

58

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

to take into account the need to promote socially cohesive and 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 degree of diversity in their communities.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

59

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

take into account local affordability.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

60

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  22,  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 establish that the application of a higher income rent should be subject to

 

external valuation.


 
 

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

96

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Any regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section must include

 

provisions for—

 

(a)    

a notice period of one year before the new rent becomes payable; and

 

(b)    

transitional protection and arrangements as the tenant moves to the

 

higher rent.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make it appropriate for tenants deemed to have a high income to be given

 

time and a degree of transitional protection to enable them to relocate to another property or

 

increase their income further

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

114

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  23,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

61

 

Clause  79,  page  33,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

All provisions in this section shall only apply—

 

(a)    

for new tenancies commenced after 30 April 2017; and

 

(b)    

where the tenant has been provided with a new tenancy agreement.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

from April 2017 and where they have been given a new tenancy agreement.

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

145

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  33,  line  29,  leave out Clause 80

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See statement for amendment 144.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

97

 

Clause  80,  page  33,  line  30,  at beginning insert “subject to subsection (1A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See amendment 98.


 
 

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John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Helen Hayes

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

98

 

Clause  80,  page  33,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

High income” must 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 establish that high incomes will reflect the top quartile of income levels.

 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

62

 

Clause  80,  page  33,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

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

 

median income.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would establish that the high income level cannot be set a level lower than

 

average/median salaries.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

115

 

Clause  80,  page  34,  line  3,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

146

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  34,  line  6,  leave out Clause 81

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See statement for amendment 144.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

116

 

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  7,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 8 January 2016                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

117

 

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  9,  leave out “registered provider” and insert “local housing

 

authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

118

 

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  11,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “English local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

119

 

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  12,  leave out “rent at the market rate” and insert “the

 

maximum rent”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Clause 81(2) enables regulations requiring rent to be charged at the market rate to a tenant who

 

has failed to comply with a requirement to provide information about income etc. This amendment

 

and amendment 120 change this so that the tenant must be charged the maximum rate that they

 

would have to pay as a high income tenant (which might still be less than the full market rate).

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

120

 

Clause  81,  page  34,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (2) “the maximum rent” means the rent that a local housing

 

authority is required to charge a high income tenant of the premises under

 

section 79 (or, if regulations under section 79(3)(a) provide for different rents for

 

people with different incomes, the rent that a person in the highest income bracket

 

would be required to pay).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 119.

 


 

John Healey

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Teresa Pearce

 

147

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  34,  line  19,  leave out Clause 82

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See statement for amendment 144.

 

Secretary Greg Clark

 

121

 

Clause  82,  page  34,  line  20,  leave out “registered provider of social housing” and

 

insert “local housing authority”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 113.


 
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