Govt refuse to address evictions loophole leaving 55,000 households at risk

Today, the Conservatives blocked the Liberal Democrats' attempt to close the loophole in the Government's legislation to end the eviction ban, which has left an estimated 55,000 households at risk of being evicted since Monday. On 18 March, the Government promised “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home”. Tim Farron, working in the … Continue reading Govt refuse to address evictions loophole leaving 55,000 households at risk

Lib Dems secure urgent question to challenge Govt on eviction loophole

Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Tim Farron has secured an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, tomorrow, following a loophole in the Government’s legislation to end the eviction ban, which leaves an estimated 55,000 households at risk of being evicted since Monday, when the eviction moratorium ended. While private renters are at risk, the Government … Continue reading Lib Dems secure urgent question to challenge Govt on eviction loophole

Tory attitude to housing is a scandal.

Today the Conservative party announced plans to extend the right to buy to Housing Association properties. This proposal will lead to longer waiting lists for homes and fewer social houses. In February 2015, 1,092 qualifying households were on the Common Housing Register for West Berkshire. 1,569 non-qualifying households were also on the list. I know, I checked … Continue reading Tory attitude to housing is a scandal.

Britain is a Better Place

 Sharing a drink with Albert Tillen, at The Red House in Newbury    This seems like the ideal time to share my favourite list - Liberal Democrat policies included in our 2010 Manifesto, which have been delivered by our team in Government. The list includes some of the most socially democratic policies this country has … Continue reading Britain is a Better Place

Let’s have fairer Council Tax for all Home Owners

The biased nature of the Council Tax System has long been a frustration to me.  I do not like any system that operates with one rule for you and another for us.  The current range of council tax bands does not spread the burden of council tax fairly across society. Council Tax paid by home owners … Continue reading Let’s have fairer Council Tax for all Home Owners

Decent Homes for All

A major concern of Lib Dems here in West Berkshire and nationally is that too often, planners, developers and architects concentrate on the physical fabric of what is built rather than the social context in which housing needs to be placed. This can create ghettoised areas in our towns, where young are separated from old; rich are separated … Continue reading Decent Homes for All