The Housing and Planning Bill has reached the Committee
Stage in the House of Lords.
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the first
day of committee stage on 9 February. Amendments discussed covered
clauses 12, 13, 16, 20, 22, 27, 31, 37 and 38 of the Bill.
The Lords Committee Stage continues on Tuesday 1 March when
further amendments will be discussed - debate on Part 4 of the Bill
is scheduled to commence on Thursday 3 March. ARCH Policy Advisor,
Matthew Warburton, has produced a
briefing highlighting amendments to Part 4 of the Bill
put forward so far by members of the Lords for debate in the
ARCH and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) have previously
produced a joint
summary briefing paper for members of the Lords
outlining our concerns regarding Part 4 of the Bill; together with
a number of suggested amendments to the Bill which we're urging the
Lords to support. We're pleased to note that a number of the
amendments put down by members of the Lords reflect the concerns
raised by ARCH and the NFA.
ARCH and the NFA will continue to make the case for council
housing however, it remains to be seen whether any of the proposed
amendments we'd like to see will be carried and incorporated into
the Bill during the Committee Stage.