The Housing and Planning Bill has now passed its Third Reading
in the House of Commons and will now be considered by the House of
ARCH and the NFA have issued a briefing to urge members of the
House of Lords to consider amendments to the Bill to enable stock
retained councils and ALMOs to build more homes.
The briefing urges the House of Lords to consider amendments to
the Bill. In particular to:
- Amend Clause 72 of the Bill (Reduction of payment by agreement)
to mirror the "2 for 1" amendment put forward by Zac Goldsmith MP
for London to similarly provide that where an agreement is made
with a local housing authority outside London it must require the
Secretary of State to ensure that at least one new affordable home
is provided for each high value dwelling that has to be sold.
Arch also argues that any agreements should ensure no loss of
social or affordable rented accommodation.
- Delete Clause 78 of the Bill (Mandatory rents for high income
local authority tenants) which makes the introduction of a "pay to
stay scheme" mandatory for council tenants - but leaves it
voluntary for housing associations.
- To agree that if mandatory rents for high income local
authority tenants is to remain compulsory for councils to delete
Clause 84 of the Bill which would at least enable local councils to
retain any additional income provided it is used to support
investment locally in new homes.
- To withdraw Clause 113 and Schedule 7 of the Bill (Phasing out
of lifetime tenancies) pending proper public consultation
- To agree that if the use of lifetime tenancies are to be phased
out then at least existing tenants requesting to transfer to
alternative accommodation should be exempted and be allowed to
retain full security of tenure in any council accommodation to
which they may be transferred.
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