Housing and Planning Bill Lords Committee stage briefing

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Peters, Tom
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
8 February 2016
Housing and Homelessness, Social Policy
Social welfare
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The following is an outline of Joseph Rowntree Foundation views on the Housing and Planning Bill ahead of Lords Committee Stage beginning on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

It does not aim to be a comprehensive overview, but instead provides analysis of the parts of the Bill where JRF has particular expertise.

Key points:

  • The government is right to help people onto the housing ladder but, on its own, this does not provide a route out of poverty. People need a variety of stable housing options.
  • Proposals to allow ‘Starter Homes’ to replace low-cost rented accommodation will reduce the supply of housing affordable to those on low incomes.
  • Action to tackle rogue landlords and estate agents is very welcome and should be the first step in a comprehensive Private Rented Sector strategy.
  • Selling vacant ‘high value’ local authority-owned housing will have an immediate impact on the availability of homes for those in housing need.
  • Setting the threshold at which tenants are judged to be ‘high income’ will require sensitivity to avoid including households below minimum income standards.
  • Efforts to improve delivery of homes through the planning system are very welcome, but must ensure that a mix of tenures are delivered as a result.

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