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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Monday 7th January 2008

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s):

 

Housing and Regeneration Bill Committee 39-49, 51-52, 53 and 55-57

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Housing and Regeneration Bill

 

Possession action for rent arrears involving housing benefit

 

Sir George Young

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Section 7 (orders for possession) of the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50) is amended as

 

follows.

 

(1)    

In subsection (3), for “subsections (5A) and (6)” substitute “subsections (5A), (6)

 

and (6A)”.

 

(2)    

In subsection (4), for “subsections (5A) and (6)” substitute “subsections (5A), (6)

 

and (6A)”.

 

(3)    

After subsection (6), insert—

 

“(6A)    

If the court is satisfied—

 

(a)    

that Ground 8 in Part 1 of Schedule 2 to this Act is established;

 

and

 

(b)    

that some rent is in arrears as a consequence of a delay or failure

 

in the payment of relevant housing benefit, it shall not make an

 

order for possession unless it considers it reasonable to do so.

 

(4)    

At end insert—

 

“(8)    

In subsection (6A) above—

 

(a)    

“relevant housing benefit” means—

 

(i)    

any rent allowance or rent rebate to which the tenant was

 

entitled in respect of the rent under the Housing Benefit

 

Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/213); or

 

(ii)    

any payment on account of any such entitlement

 

awarded under Regulation 93 of those Regulations;


 
 

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(b)    

references to delay or failure in the payment of relevant housing

 

benefit do not include such delay or failure so far as referable to

 

any wilful act or omission of the tenant.”.’.

 

Sir George Young

 

33

 

Page  46,  line  6,  leave out Clause 113.

 

Andrew George

 

34

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

to carry out, or provide for the carrying out of, regular assessments of the

 

nature and scale of housing need in England,’.

 

Andrew George

 

35

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  2,  after ‘subsection (1)—’, insert—

 

‘“housing need” includes the condition of those who are homeless and those

 

who are housed in insecure, unsatisfactory or overcrowded

 

accommodation.’.

 

Andrew George

 

36

 

Clause  54,  page  23,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall make provision for the continuation of the functions

 

of the Commission for the New Towns in respect of workshops and industrial

 

building, through the transfer of those functions to another authority.’.

 

Andrew George

 

37

 

Clause  86,  page  38,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(12A)    

The regulator shall pursue these objectives in relation to landlords and their

 

tenants in all cases where the tenants are in receipt of public funds.’.

 

Margaret Moran

 

38

 

Clause  10,  page  4,  line  30,  leave out from ‘consideration’ to end of line 31 and

 

insert ‘where it will further one or more of the objects of the agency as defined in section

 

2.’.

 

Margaret Moran

 

39

 

Clause  10,  page  4,  line  32,  leave out lines 32 to 40.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

40

 

Clause  86,  page  38,  line  11,  leave out subsection (7).

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

41

 

Clause  173,  page  68,  line  3,  leave out ‘as’ and insert ‘for the purpose of protecting

 

investment in social housing or protecting the interests of tenants and residents in social

 

housing . These standards may refer’


 
 

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Mr Nick Raynsford

 

42

 

Clause  173,  page  68,  leave out lines 22 and 23.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

43

 

Clause  173,  page  68,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

In setting standards the regulator shall have regard (among other matters) to

 

landlords’ contribution to the environmental, social and economic well-being of

 

the areas in which their property is situated.’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

44

 

Clause  173,  page  68,  line  3,  after ‘may’ insert ‘, in accordance with subsection (2)

 

and subject to subsection (3),’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

45

 

Clause  173,  page  68,  line  8,  leave out from ‘may’ to the end of line 8 and insert

 

‘cover-’

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

46

 

Clause  173,  page  68,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

No standard may be set that would require a registered provider to act in any way

 

that is inconsistent with—

 

(a)    

its rules, memorandum and articles of association, or equivalent

 

governing instrument;

 

(b)    

any legal or contractual commitment, including any loan covenant, for

 

the time being binding upon it; or

 

(c)    

or if applicable, its status as a charity (whether or not it is registered as

 

such).’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

47

 

Clause  174,  page  68,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

In setting standards, the regulator shall have regard (among other matters) to

 

providers’ contribution to the environmental, social and economic well-being of

 

the areas in which their property is situated.’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

48

 

Clause  174,  page  68,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

No standard may be set that would require a registered provider to act in any way

 

that is inconistent with—

 

(a)    

its rules, memorandum and articles of association, or equivalent

 

governing instrument;

 

(b)    

any legal or contractual commitment, including any loan covenant, for

 

the time being binding upon it; or

 

(c)    

if applicable, its status as a charity (whether or not registered as such).’.


 
 

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Mr Nick Raynsford

 

49

 

Clause  177,  page  69,  line  8,  at end insert, ‘provided that any such directive is

 

consistent with the regulator’s fundamental objectives as defined in section 86’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

50

 

Clause  178,  page  69,  line  21,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

‘(1)    

The regulator may exercise the powers in Chapters 6 or 7 in order to secure the

 

proper management of the affairs of a registered provider. In considering whether

 

mismanagement or misconduct has occurred, the regulator may have regard

 

(among other matters) to the extent to which the standards are being or have been

 

followed.’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

51

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  13,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

52

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  15,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

53

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  19,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

54

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  21,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

55

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  25,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

56

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  27,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

57

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  30,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

58

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  32,  leave out ‘low cost rental accommodation’ and insert

 

‘social housing’.


 
 

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Mr Nick Raynsford

 

59

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  leave out line 38 and insert ‘“social housing” has the meaning

 

given by section 67.’.

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

60

 

Page  48,  line  4,  leave out Clause 118

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

61

 

Clause  111,  page  45,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(10)    

If the regulator thinks that what

 

(a)    

is a non-profit organisation is considering becoming a profit-making

 

organisation, or

 

(b)    

was a non-profit organisation has become a profit-making organisation,

 

    

it shall remove the body from the register and direct it to reapply for registration,

 

subject to section 114.’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

62

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(ca)    

to act, in cooperation with relevant local authorities as the strategy,

 

planning and delivery vehicle for the London Thames Gateway.

 

(cb)    

to promote the right to buy and social homebuy in the developments it

 

undertakes or facilitates.’.

 

Obligations

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

NC13

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Before exercising any of its powers the HCA shall—

 

(a)    

consult with, and have regard to the views of, relevant local authorities;

 

(b)    

have regard to the desirability of preserving gardens and urban green

 

spaces;

 

(c)    

have regard to the desirability and practicality (in any particular case) of

 

residential development forming part of any development for

 

commercial purposes (adequately supported by suitable community,

 

cultural and leisure facilities);

 

(d)    

undertake site-specific flood risk assessments before acquiring or

 

disposing of housing or other land and ensure that any new development


 
 

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undertaken or procured by it is flood resilient and resistant, subject to a

 

presumption against any development on flood zones adjacent to rivers,

 

the sea and tidal sources;

 

(e)    

in this section “green space” means—

 

(i)    

land laid out as a public garden;

 

(ii)    

land used for the purposes of public creation; or

 

(iii)    

an area of open space which benefits wildlife or biodiversity’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

63

 

Clause  10,  page  4,  line  31,  at end insert ‘provided that the Secretary of State takes

 

into account the wider benefit to the community where such disposal takes place’.

 

Powers: regard to market conditions

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

NC14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In exercising its power to acquire or dispose of housing or other land the HCA

 

shall have regard to market conditions’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

64

 

Clause  19,  page  9,  line  18,  after ‘time’, insert ‘on notice as required in subsection

 

(2)(b) below.’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

65

 

Clause  19,  page  9,  line  21,  after ‘acquire’, insert ‘compulsorily’.


 
 

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Housing and Regeneration Bill, continued

 
 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

66

 

Clause  19,  page  9,  line  36,  leave out subsections (5) to (7).

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

67

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  15,  after ‘ensure’, insert ‘either’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

68

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  17,  at end insert ‘or that a relevant provider of low cost

 

rental accommodation is the manager and another person is the landlord of the

 

accommodation’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

69

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  21,  after ‘condition’, insert ‘either’.

 

Alistair Burt

 

Grant Shapps

 

Robert Neill

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

Mrs Jacqui Lait

 

Mr Paul Goodman

 

70

 

Clause  35,  page  15,  line  25,  at end insert ‘or that a relevant provider of low cost

 

rental accommodation is the manager and another person is the landlord of the

 

accommodation’.


 
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