Localism Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON REPORT

After Clause 170

BARONESS DOOCEY

LORD PALMER OF CHILDS HILL

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Statutory overcrowding: reform of overcrowding standard

(1) Part X of the Housing Act 1985 is amended as follows.

(2) For sections 324 to 332 substitute—

“324 Statutory overcrowding

A dwelling is overcrowded for the purposes of this Part when the number of persons sleeping in the dwelling is such as to contravene the standard specified in section 325 (the overcrowding standard).

325 Overcrowding standard

(1) The overcrowding standard is contravened when the number of rooms in a dwelling which are available as sleeping accommodation is smaller than the number specified in subsection (3), having regard to the number and description of persons who are ordinarily resident in the dwelling.

(2) For the purpose of calculating the number of rooms available as sleeping accommodation, no account shall be taken of a room which is of a type normally used in the locality as a living room or of a kitchen.

(3) The permitted numbers are specified in the table below.

Description of persons Number of rooms
Two persons who are spouses or civil partners of each other (or who live together as husband and wife or as if civil partners) 1
Each other person over the age of 21 1
Any pair of children both aged under 10 1
Any pair of children or young persons of the same sex both aged under 21 1
Any child or young person under the age of 21 not included in any of the above categories 1

(4) In applying the standard specified in subsection (3)—

(a) no account shall be taken of a room having a floor area of less than 50 square feet;

(b) a room measuring 50 square feet or more but less than 70 square feet shall not be taken to be available for anyone other than one child under 10;

(c) a room measuring more than 70 square feet but less than 90 square feet shall not be taken to be available for anyone other than one person of any age or two children under 10;

(d) a room measuring more than 90 square feet but less than 110 square feet shall not be taken to be available for anyone other than one person of any age or two persons of whom at least one must be a child under 10; and

(e) a room measuring 110 square feet shall be taken to be available for two persons of any age.

(5) The Secretary of State may by regulations prescribe the manner in which the floor area of a room is to be ascertained for the purposes of this section; and the regulations may provide for the exclusion from computation of floor space in a part of the room which is less than a specified height not exceeding eight feet.

326 Notice to abate overcrowding

(1) Where a dwelling is found to contravene the overcrowding standard, the local housing authority may serve on the owner or manager of the dwelling notice in writing requiring him to take reasonable steps to abate the overcrowding within 28 days from the date of service of the notice.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a person shall be considered to have taken reasonable steps to abate the overcrowding if he takes such steps as are necessary in law to recover possession of the dwelling or to reduce the number of persons in occupation of the dwelling or if he does any other act which in the opinion of the authority amounts to a reasonable response to the abatement notice.

(3) If, within the period of 28 days following service of an abatement notice under subsection (1), or within such further period as the local housing authority shall in its discretion allow, the owner or manager has not taken reasonable steps to abate the overcrowding, the authority may apply for an order to the county court.

(4) On an application by the local housing authority under subsection (3), the court may order that vacant possession of the dwelling or part of the dwelling be given to the landlord within such period as the court may determine.

(5) An order under subsection (4) may be stayed or suspended for such period and on such conditions as the court shall decide.

(6) In exercising its powers under subsection (4), the court shall have regard to the interests of any tenant or occupier of the premises, and in particular to the security of tenure of any protected or statutory tenant under the Rent Act 1977 or any assured tenant under the Housing Act 1988.

(7) Expenses incurred by the local housing authority under this section in securing possession of a dwelling may be recovered from the landlord or manager by action.

(8) Service of an abatement notice under subsection (1) shall not prevent the authority from serving a prohibition order under section 20 of the Housing Act 2004.”

(3) Omit sections 335 to 344.”

After Clause 182

BARONESS KRAMER

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Tax increment financing

(1) The Mayor of London may authorise the creation of tax increment financing pilot zones within a defined area of any London Assembly constituency.

(2) The Secretary of State may permit the Mayor of London, in accordance with the power exercised in subsection (1), to retain the national non-domestic rates within the zone for the purpose of providing infrastructure to support the development of the zone.

(3) The Mayor may exercise the power in subsection (1) only if agreement has been given by the borough in which the pilot zone is located in, and the Mayor is satisfied that—

(a) adequate consultation about the creation of a pilot zone has been undertaken; and

(b) development in the pilot zone would not otherwise take place but for the creation of the zone and the power provided in accordance with subsection (2).

(4) In exercise the power in subsections (1) and (2) the Mayor must have regard to such conditions as the Secretary of State may determine through regulations and these may include—

(a) the submission of a map identifying the area of land which forms the pilot zone;

(b) a business plan identifying the need for the creation of a pilot zone;

(c) a community consultation plan identifying an adequate consultation process about the creation of a pilot zone;

(d) what constitutes eligible infrastructure for the purpose of a pilot zone;

(e) what proportion of the national non-domestic rates within the zone is appropriate to retain; and

(f) for what duration the proportion of the national non-domestic rates within the zone can be retained for.

(5) In this section—

“tax increment financing pilot zone” means any area of land designated by the Mayor for regeneration through the provision of infrastructure, and financed in accordance with subsection (2) and regulations, if issued, by the Secretary of State;

“business plan” means an explanation of how the pilot zone will be financed.”

After Clause 217

BARONESS KRAMER

LORD TOPE

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“London Transport Users’ Committee

(1) On the day appointed for the commencement of this subsection, the body corporate known as the London Transport Users’ Committee that was established by section 247 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall cease to exist.

(2) All statutory powers, duties and responsibilities of the London Transport Users’ Committee shall on the day appointed for the commencement of this subsection vest and devolve in the Greater London Authority and are to be exercised by the London Assembly.

(3) Any appointment to the London Transport Users’ Committee in pursuance of section 247 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall cease to have effect and section 247 of that Act (as amended) shall cease to have effect from the commencement of this subsection.

(4) References in enactments, instruments and other documents to London Transport Users’ Committee shall have effect from the commencement of this subsection as references to the London Assembly.

(5) Section 251 of and Schedule 18 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall cease to have effect from the commencement of this subsection.

(6) Section 248 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall be amended by omitting the words “Authority or” in subsection (1)(a) and by omitting the words “or the Authority” in subsection (3)(b).

(7) Section 249 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall be amended by omitting subsection (3).

(8) Section 250 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall be amended by omitting subsection (1)(a), the words “the Assembly and” in subsection (2) and the words “the Assembly” in subsection (3).

(9) Section 252A of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall be amended by substituting the words “the Committee” for the words “the London Transport Users’ Committee” in subsection (2)(a).

(10) Section 252B of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) shall be amended by omitting the words “the London Assembly” in subsection (1)(b).”

BARONESS KRAMER

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Transport for London: Rail Authority for London

(1) Section 196 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (power of Greater London Authority to give instructions or guidance to Franchising Director) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for “The Authority may give instructions or guidance to” substitute “Transport for London shall be”.

(3) Omit subsections (2) to (4).

(4) In subsection 5—

(a) in the opening words, omit from “give” to the end;

(b) in paragraph (a), for “prevent or seriously hinder him from complying” substitute “fail to comply”;

(c) omit paragraph (b) (but not the “or” following it).

(5) In subsection (6), for “the Authority” (in both places) substitute “Transport for London”.

(6) In subsection (7), for “instructions or guidance may be given” substitute “the Franchising Director shall act”.

(7) In subsection (8), for “the Authority” (in both places) substitute “Transport for London”.

(8) Omit subsection (9).

(9) For the title substitute “Transport for London to be the Franchising Director”.”

Prepared 30th August 2011