Canlyniadau 61–80 o 2154 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Scott of Bybrook

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 66 (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I apologise in advance for the length of my response. This is a large group so I might go on for quite a long time. I apologise for that, but I think it is important that I respond to all the amendments. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Khan of Burnley, who spoke to the amendments from the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor. Amendment 67 seeks to give the right to challenge the reasonableness...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 66 (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I will now speak to Amendments 66, 68 and 70 in my name. I start by noting that I fully recognise the challenges facing leaseholders, with rising service charges caused by the increased costs in managing and maintaining buildings. The Government are clear, however, that any increase in charges must always be reasonable. We also recognise that the existing statutory protections...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their various amendments on the freehold estates and for the thoughtful debate. Amendments 86 and 87 tabled by the noble Baronesses, Lady Thornhill and Lady Taylor of Stevenage, seek to prevent costs being passed over to home owners. Amendment 87 from the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, seeks to prevent home owners having to pay any contribution towards the...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold: Reform (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: An Impact Assessment for the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill was published on 11 December 2023 and is available on the Parliament website at: Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill publications - Parliamentary Bills - UK Parliament. The Impact Assessment considers the non-monetised impact of increasing the non-residential for collective enfranchisement claims including the potential impact on...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Planning Permission: Cultural Heritage (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: Section 102 of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 will expand the special regard duties on decision makers for designated heritage assets. We intend to commence this section at the same time as the new decision-making test under section 93 which involves the introduction of National Development Management Policies. We will consult on draft National Development Management Policies in...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Grenfell Tower (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: The issue of electrical surges was considered in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 report, which focused on the causes of the fire. There were longstanding concerns raised by residents about electrical “surges” affecting appliances within the Tower. As stated in the report, RINA Consulting (RINA) were retained by the Metropolitan Police to assess the electrical supply and distribution...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing Infrastructure Fund (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: The Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) programme has not adopted a prescriptive definition of physical infrastructure. HIF projects cover a range of infrastructure such as transport and travel, utilities, schools, community and healthcare facilities, land assembly and site remediation, heritage infrastructure, digital communications, green infrastructure (such as parks) and blue infrastructure...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (29 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: I refer the Noble Member to the response provided to UIN HL8412 on 26 June 2023. HL8412 (pdf, 60.8KB)

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Homelessness: Temporary Accommodation (26 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: This Government is committed to tackling homelessness. We are investing over £1billion in the Homelessness Prevention Grant over three years to help councils prevent homelessness and provide temporary accommodation, with a further £120 million UK-wide funding announced at Autumn Statement for 2024/25 to help prevent homelessness. The Local Authority Housing Fund enables councils in England...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 63 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I shall take Amendments 63 and 65 together, if noble Lords do not mind, as they both concern ground rents. Amendment 63 would require a report to be laid before Parliament, and Amendment 65 would require the publication of the Government’s response to the recent ground rent consultation and the laying of a Statement before Parliament. Before I move into what I am going to say, I...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 63 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: I think there was a question there, and my response is that we went out, quite rightly, to consult, and the consultation did not finish until towards the end of January. This is a complex issue. If we do it badly or wrong then we will make mistakes and these people will potentially be in a more difficult situation. From the end of January to April is not a long time. We are doing it as fast...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 63 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: The Government have no control over what goes into the media, and it is something that the Government have to accept.

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 60 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: I will be very happy to spend a week in here so that noble Lords can come in and out and speak to me as they like—and I would love to meet my noble friend to talk about this further. He talked also about transparency and it not being terribly necessary. The problem is that, if you do not have transparency, sometimes you do not know you are being ripped off, because you do not have the...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 60 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: I thank my noble friend for that but, for the reasons I have put forward, I kindly ask him not to press his amendments.

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 60 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Stevenage, for Amendment 60, which would leave new Section 87B out of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. This is a new power, inserted into the 2002 Act by the Bill, for the tribunal to order the repayment of a landlord’s process costs for right to manage claims which are withdrawn or cease to have effect in circumstances where...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 60 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: We believe this is the correct way of doing it. I would be very happy to meet my noble friend to discuss this further but, with the evidence we have, we agree this is the correct way forward. But I really am very happy to meet with the noble Lord. This Bill will also make it cheaper and simpler for leaseholders to acquire their freehold or extend their lease. This will include local authority...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I thought the Committee was probably fed up with me saying that I am always very happy to meet any group of noble Lords, on any subject, at any time. I apologise for not saying it in this group, and I will never ever forget to say it in any group in the future. Also, I said that we will report back to the House shortly with more details. I think the noble Lord needs to look at those...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 57 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I will speak to government Amendments 58 and 59 in my name. Government Amendment 59 changes “premium” to “price”, referring to the sum paid for a ground rent buyout, to make the language consistent with the rest of the Bill. Government Amendment 58 makes a minor wording change to clarify that it is “the appropriate tribunal” that may make an order to appoint a person to...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (24 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, for her amendments in this group, which seek to remove forfeiture from the leasehold and freehold estate. Amendment 55 seeks to address one of the ways in which leasehold law is tilted in favour of landlords. I know that noble Lords from all sides of the House are sympathetic to this intention, as are Members from the other place, where this...


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