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Lords continue to debate Housing and Planning Bill 04/03/2016

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 the Committee Stage on 9 February starting with Part 2 of the Bill. Amendments discussed covered clauses 12, 13, 16, 20, 22, 27, 31, 37 and 38. The debate on Part 2 continued on the second day of the Committee stage on 1 March when the Lords also began examination of Part 1 of the Bill relating to self-build and starter homes.

Detailed examination of the Bill continued in the Lords on 3 March with debate on Clauses 3 to 7 relating to the duty to promote starter homes. The Committee Stage has now been scheduled to continue on 8 March.


The Lords Committee were previously expected to begin consideration of Part 4 of the Bill relating to social housing on 3 March - these clauses will now be debated on 8 March at the earliest.


We'll provide a more detailed briefing for ARCH members on the outcome of the Lords debate on Part 4 of the Bill when it takes place. View our previous briefing.


Prior to the debate in the Lords Committee Stage, ARCH and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) produced a joint detailed briefing paper which was circulated to Peers. It outlined our concerns regarding Part 4 of the Bill together with a number of suggested amendments to the Bill which we urged the Lords to support. We were 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.


At their last meeting on 22 February the ARCH Tenants' Group received a presentation on the contents of the Bill as it currently stands and subsequently agreed to support the sentiments expressed by the tenants of council homes in Nottingham in a letter sent to Peers by the tenant chair of Nottingham City Homes.


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 final version of the Bill. 

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