Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities supports communities across the UK to thrive, making them great places to live and work.



Secretary of State

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Michael Gove
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Plaid Cymru
Ben Lake (PC - Ceredigion)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Housing, Communities & Local Government)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Pinnock (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Levelling Up, Communities and Local Government)
Baroness Thornhill (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Housing)

Labour
Lord Khan of Burnley (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Liberal Democrat
Helen Morgan (LD - North Shropshire)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Levelling up, Housing and Communities)

Labour
Baroness Taylor of Stevenage (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Scottish National Party
Anum Qaisar (SNP - Airdrie and Shotts)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Levelling Up)

Labour
Angela Rayner (Lab - Ashton-under-Lyne)
Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities & Local Government
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Matthew Pennycook (Lab - Greenwich and Woolwich)
Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Florence Eshalomi (Lab - Vauxhall)
Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Mike Amesbury (Lab - Weaver Vale)
Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Jim McMahon (Lab - Oldham West and Royton)
Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Liz Twist (Lab - Blaydon)
Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Ministers of State
Lee Rowley (Con - North East Derbyshire)
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Con - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Felicity Buchan (Con - Kensington)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Jacob Young (Con - Redcar)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Simon Hoare (Con - North Dorset)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Baroness Penn (Con - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention: Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2024
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Wednesday 28th February 2024
09:25
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Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
28 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention: Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2024
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Wednesday 28th February 2024
09:25
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
28 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention: Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2024
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Monday 4th March 2024
14:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
4 Mar 2024, 2:30 p.m.
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (including Topical Questions)
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Tuesday 12th March 2024
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Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2024
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Tuesday 12th March 2024
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Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Representation of the People (Variation of Election Expenses and Exclusions) Regulations 2024
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Scheduled Event
Monday 22nd April 2024
14:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
22 Apr 2024, 2:30 p.m.
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Select Committee Docs
Friday 23rd February 2024
09:18
Select Committee Inquiry
Monday 13th November 2023
Children, young people and the built environment

This inquiry is looking at how better planning and building and urban design in England could enhance the health and …

Written Answers
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Ground Rent: Reform
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Modern …
Secondary Legislation
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Non-Domestic Rating (Designated Areas) Regulations 2024
These Regulations designate areas in England (“designated areas”) for the purpose of paragraph 39(1) of Schedule 7B to the Local …
Bills
Monday 27th November 2023
Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill 2023-24
A Bill To Amend the rights of tenants under long residential leases to acquire the freeholds of their houses, to …
Dept. Publications
Thursday 22nd February 2024
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Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities Commons Appearances

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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Jan. 22
Oral Questions
Sep. 14
Urgent Questions
Feb. 22
Written Statements
Feb. 22
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament


A Bill to make provision to prevent public bodies from being influenced by political or moral disapproval of foreign states when taking certain economic decisions, subject to certain exceptions; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Tuesday 20th February 2024

A Bill to make provision for expenditure by the Secretary of State and the removal of restrictions in respect of certain land for or in connection with the construction of a Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Wednesday 8th November 2023

A Bill to make provision changing the law about rented homes, including provision abolishing fixed term assured tenancies and assured shorthold tenancies; imposing obligations on landlords and others in relation to rented homes and temporary and supported accommodation; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage
Tuesday 28th November 2023
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A Bill To Amend the rights of tenants under long residential leases to acquire the freeholds of their houses, to extend the leases of their houses or flats, and to collectively enfranchise or manage the buildings containing their flats, to give such tenants the right to reduce the rent payable under their leases to a peppercorn, to regulate charges and costs payable by residential tenants, to regulate residential estate management and to regulate rent charges.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage
Tuesday 30th January 2024
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report Stage
Tuesday 27th February 2024

Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to make provision for the setting of levelling-up missions and reporting on progress in delivering them; about local democracy; about town and country planning; about Community Infrastructure Levy; about the imposition of Infrastructure Levy; about environmental outcome reports for certain consents and plans; about regeneration; about the compulsory purchase of land; about information and records relating to land, the environment or heritage; for the provision for pavement licences to be permanent; about governance of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; about vagrancy and begging; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th October 2023 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about non-domestic rating.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th October 2023 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the regulation of social housing; about the terms of approved schemes for the investigation of housing complaints; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 20th July 2023 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the safety of people in or about buildings and the standard of buildings, to amend the Architects Act 1997, and to amend provision about complaints made to a housing ombudsman.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the administration and conduct of elections, including provision designed to strengthen the integrity of the electoral process; about overseas electors; about voting and candidacy rights of EU citizens; about the designation of a strategy and policy statement for the Electoral Commission; about the membership of the Speaker's Committee; about the Electoral Commission's functions in relation to criminal proceedings; about financial information to be provided by a political party on applying for registration; for preventing a person being registered as a political party and being a recognised non-party campaigner at the same time; about regulation of expenditure for political purposes; about disqualification of offenders for holding elective offices; about information to be included in electronic campaigning material; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the rent payable under long leases of dwellings; and for connected purposes

This Bill received Royal Assent on 8th February 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about matters attributable to coronavirus that may not be taken account of in making certain determinations for the purposes of non-domestic rating; and to make provision in connection with the disqualification of directors of companies that are dissolved without becoming insolvent.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 15th December 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales

This Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision to change the dates on which non-domestic rating lists must be compiled; and to change the dates by which proposed lists must be sent to billing authorities, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 15th March 2021 and was enacted into law.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations designate areas in England (“designated areas”) for the purpose of paragraph 39(1) of Schedule 7B to the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”) (local retention of non-domestic rates). They provide rules for calculating in respect of a billing authority in England all or part of whose area falls within a designated area—
These Regulations make amendments to the Non-Domestic Rating (Renewable Energy Projects) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/108) (the “Principal Regulations”) consequential on the compilation of new non-domestic rating lists on 1st April 2023. The Principal Regulations operate on the basis that any increase in rateable value from 31st March 2013 can be attributed to a change in the hereditament or its use. When new lists are compiled, the rateable values of hereditaments are reassessed (a “revaluation”). Therefore, hereditaments may have seen changes in rateable value compared with 31st March 2013 without there necessarily having been a change to the hereditament. Regulations 4 to 9 of these Regulations amend the Principal Regulations so that, when comparing rateable values with those as of 31st March 2013, any changes attributable to a revaluation are not taken into account.
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Petition Debates Contributed

Swifts have declined by over 50% in the UK. Adult swifts, known for site-fidelity, return to the same nests. We want swift bricks to be required in all new housing, to provide homes for these birds. Surveys show these are used by red-listed swifts, house martins, starlings and house sparrows.

During the coronavirus outbreak it is important that people have money for essentials such as utilities and food. The Government should require councils to suspend council tax payments, and directly fund local government operations, for the duration of the outbreak.

Mark Allen, aged 18, drowned after jumping into a freezing reservoir on a hot day in June 2018.

In May 2019 we watched whilst 3 throwlines were installed where he died.

Mark could have possibly been saved if they were in place beforehand.

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Departmental Select Committee

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
Clive Betts Portrait
Clive Betts (Labour - Sheffield South East)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Chair since 27th January 2020
Mohammad Yasin Portrait
Mohammad Yasin (Labour - Bedford)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mary Robinson Portrait
Mary Robinson (Conservative - Cheadle)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Everitt Portrait
Ben Everitt (Conservative - Milton Keynes North)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ian Byrne Portrait
Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Bob Blackman Portrait
Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Andrew Lewer Portrait
Andrew Lewer (Conservative - Northampton South)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Kate Hollern Portrait
Kate Hollern (Labour - Blackburn)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 8th February 2022
Natalie Elphicke Portrait
Natalie Elphicke (Conservative - Dover)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 25th October 2022
Nadia Whittome Portrait
Nadia Whittome (Labour - Nottingham East)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 29th November 2022
Tom Hunt Portrait
Tom Hunt (Conservative - Ipswich)
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee Member since 11th December 2023
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee: Previous Inquiries
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20 Local government and the path to net zero Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing Progress on devolution in England Local Authorities and Commissioners inquiry Local Plans Expert Group recommendations inquiry Capacity in the homebuilding industry inquiry Public parks inquiry Adult social care inquiry Pre-appointment hearing: Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency Housing Ombudsman one-off evidence session Business rates inquiry Consultation on National Planning Policy inquiry Homelessness inquiry Pre-appointment hearing: Local Government Ombudsman Work of DCLG 2016 inquiry Homelessness Reduction Bill inquiry Work of DCLG Housing for older people inquiry Overview and scrutiny in local government Private Rented Sector inquiry Brexit and Local Government inquiry Housing need and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Business rates retention inquiry Department for Communities and Local Government Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 Homelessness Reduction Act Independent review of building regulations Draft Tenant Fees Bill inquiry DCLG Annual Report and Accounts 2016 Integration Review one-off evidence session Housing for older people inquiry Overview and scrutiny in local government inquiry Government draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill inquiry Housing White Paper and business rates inquiry Land value capture inquiry Planning guidance on fracking inquiry Housing Ombudsman Pre-appointment Hearing inquiry MHCLG Housing priorities Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Property in Common Occupation) Bill inquiry High streets and town centres in 2030 inquiry Local authority support for Grenfell Tower survivors inquiry Priorities for the Secretary of State inquiry Leasehold reform inquiry Social Housing Green Paper inquiry Funding of local authorities’ children’s services inquiry MHCLG Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 inquiry Modern Methods of Construction inquiry Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman review session inquiry Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry Implications of the Waste Strategy for Local Authorities inquiry Homelessness Reduction Act - One Year On inquiry Work of the Secretary of State 2019 inquiry Progress on devolution in England inquiry Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing inquiry Litter Jay Report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham Community Rights Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework Local Government finance settlement 2014/15 Local government chief officers' remuneration Devolution in England: the case for local government Building Regulations certification of domestic electrical work Further review of the work of the Local Government Ombudsman Housing and Planning Bill one-off evidence session DCLG Annual Report 2014-15 inquiry Financial Settlement one-off evidence session Interim Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency Board one-off evidence session The Government's Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill inquiry The housing association sector and the Right to Buy inquiry Planning and productivity one-off evidence session DCLG priorities in the 2015 Parliament one-off evidence session Local Council bank loans inquiry Performance of the DCLG 2013-14 Work of the Communities and Local Government Committee Appointment of the Housing Ombudsman Private Rented Sector Local Government Procurement High Streets and Town Centres Performance of the DCLG 2012-13 Regulation Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency Planning issues Abolition of regional spatial strategies Localism Audit and inspection of local authorities Regeneration National Planning Policy Framework Taking forward Community Budgets Performance of the Department 2011-12 Building Regulations Localisation issues in welfare reform Proposed Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity Local Government Ombudsman Mutual and co-operative approaches to delivering local services The role of local authorities in health issues The role of the Housing Ombudsman The Government’s Review of Planning Practice Guidance Greater London Authority Act 2007 and the London Assembly Park Homes Planning, housing and growth Councillors and the community Financing of new housing supply European Regional Development Fund Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Sustainable Communities Act 2007 Community Budgets Decentralisation and codifying the relationship between central and local government Work of the Department Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on homelessness and the private rented sector Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Reforming the Private Rented Sector Draft Strategy and Policy Statement for the Electoral Commission Funding for Levelling Up Electoral Registration Reforms to national planning policy The Spending Review and Local Government Finance Financial Reporting and Audit in Local Authorities The finances and sustainability of the social housing sector Shared Ownership Fire Safety Disabled people in the housing sector The Office for Local Government Local authorities in financial distress Children, young people and the built environment Cladding: progress on remediation Hazardous Substances (Planning) Common Framework Local Authority Financial Sustainability and the Section 114 Regime

50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

7th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 27 June 2023 (HL Deb col 589) that they would “consult on standards for improving energy efficiency in the sector within six months of the [Social Housing (Regulation)] Bill receiving Royal Assent”, when they will publish that consultation.

This Government is working to improve quality and standards in social housing. Last month the Government launched a consultation on Awaab’s law, which includes timescales for repair work in social housing. That consultation is available here Awaab’s Law: Consultation on timescales for repairs in the social rented sector. We will shortly launch a consultation on improving energy efficiency standards in social housing.

We are pleased that many social housing providers are working towards improving the energy efficiency of their homes, and we continue to support the improvement of energy efficiency in the sector through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).

We want to see more social homes that are safer, more decent, with cheaper energy bills and more energy efficiency.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of council homes on social rents, excluding council homes on affordable rents, that they expect to be built by 2030.

Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes for both rent and to buy right across the country.

The Levelling Up White Paper committed to increasing the supply of social rented homes and a large number of the new homes delivered through our Affordable Homes Programme will be for social rent.

Since 2010, we have delivered over 172,600 homes for social rent.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the three properties threshold for qualifying lease status outlined in the Building Safety Act 2022 on the private rented sector.

The Building Safety Act introduced leaseholder protections to ensure leaseholders are safe in their buildings. A threshold which set a balance between those purchasing properties primarily to live in and those who have made commercial or investment decisions, whether freeholders or leaseholders, was therefore needed.

There are protections in place for leaseholders who do not qualify. Building owners and landlords who built defective buildings of at least 11m or at least five storeys, or are associated with those responsible, must pay to remedy historical safety defects for both cladding and non-cladding defects. The principal residence of all leaseholders in relevant buildings will qualify for the protections. In addition, remediation contribution orders and the Defective Premises Act provide routes for leaseholders in relevant buildings to recover remediation costs from those responsible, whatever their qualifying status.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate his Department has made of the number of leaseholders that do not meet the criteria for qualifying lease threshold because they own more than three properties.

The Building Safety Act introduced leaseholder protections to ensure leaseholders are safe in their buildings. A threshold which set a balance between those purchasing properties primarily to live in and those who have made commercial or investment decisions, whether freeholders or leaseholders, was therefore needed.

There are protections in place for leaseholders who do not qualify. Building owners and landlords who built defective buildings of at least 11m or at least five storeys, or are associated with those responsible, must pay to remedy historical safety defects for both cladding and non-cladding defects. The principal residence of all leaseholders in relevant buildings will qualify for the protections. In addition, remediation contribution orders and the Defective Premises Act provide routes for leaseholders in relevant buildings to recover remediation costs from those responsible, whatever their qualifying status.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to assess the risk of legal challenge to proposed policies in the consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases.

Government has consulted on a range of options to restrict ground rent in existing leases and asked questions about the effects of these proposals. We received a significant number of responses from a variety of sources. A consultation impact assessment has been published and can be found at: ​​Consultation impact assessment - modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases​.

That consultation closed on 17 January, and Government is currently analysing the responses before taking a decision on how to restrict ground rents through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

In line with the practice of successive administrations details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases, which closed on 17 January 2024, whether he has has had discussions with colleagues on the compliance of those proposals with human rights law.

Government has consulted on a range of options to restrict ground rent in existing leases and asked questions about the effects of these proposals. We received a significant number of responses from a variety of sources. A consultation impact assessment has been published and can be found at: ​​Consultation impact assessment - modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases​.

That consultation closed on 17 January, and Government is currently analysing the responses before taking a decision on how to restrict ground rents through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

In line with the practice of successive administrations details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the proposals in the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill on pensioners whose income comes partly from ground rent.

Government has consulted on a range of options to restrict ground rent in existing leases and asked questions about the effects of these proposals. We received a significant number of responses from a variety of sources. A consultation impact assessment has been published and can be found at: ​​Consultation impact assessment - modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases​.

That consultation closed on 17 January, and Government is currently analysing the responses before taking a decision on how to restrict ground rents through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

In line with the practice of successive administrations details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to para 1.12 of his Department's consultation entitled Modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases, which closed on 17 January 2024, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of capping ground rents at a peppercorn on the pensions industry.

Government has consulted on a range of options to restrict ground rent in existing leases and asked questions about the effects of these proposals. We received a significant number of responses from a variety of sources. A consultation impact assessment has been published and can be found at: ​​Consultation impact assessment - modern leasehold: restricting ground rent for existing leases​.

That consultation closed on 17 January, and Government is currently analysing the responses before taking a decision on how to restrict ground rents through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

In line with the practice of successive administrations details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to (a) review and (b) amend the maximum fair rent inflationary index set in the Rent Act 1977.

The Government has no plans to amend the Rent Act 1977 or Maximum Fair Rent Order 1999.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has made an estimate of the potential impact of Build to Rent housing developments on the level of average rental costs in (a) Stockport and (b) Greater Manchester.

The Build to Rent sector has delivered thousands of new, high-quality rental homes in recent years helping to boost housing supply, drive up standards and increase choice for tenants.

The Government does not disaggregate the build to rent sector in the data sets on local rental markets which are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-rents-lettings-and-tenancies.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to take steps to support tenants of private landlords to take action against landlords who (a) refuse to act and (b) delay acting on cases of (i) damp and (ii) mould.

We have been very clear that where landlords of private rented sector properties fail to act on damp and mould, local authorities must support tenants by holding landlords to account, including taking enforcement action where necessary.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much his Department spent on external consultants in 2023.

Figures for consultancy spend are included each year in the department's annual report.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many cases of (a) freehold and (b) management company misconduct have been reported in the last 12 months.

There is no one set of information which captures the full extent of leaseholder concerns as these come in many forms.

Leaseholders have a number of routes to redress including challenging the reasonableness of costs or services provided at the Property Tribunal, making a complaint through a freeholder or managing agent’s own complaints procedures, or using a government approved redress scheme of which all managing agents must belong by law.

Through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill the Government will expand routes of redress for leaseholders where their landlord carries out their own management of the building by requiring these landlords to join a redress scheme.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a redress scheme to enable leaseholders to bring complaint cases against their freeholder.

There is no one set of information which captures the full extent of leaseholder concerns as these come in many forms.

Leaseholders have a number of routes to redress including challenging the reasonableness of costs or services provided at the Property Tribunal, making a complaint through a freeholder or managing agent’s own complaints procedures, or using a government approved redress scheme of which all managing agents must belong by law.

Through the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill the Government will expand routes of redress for leaseholders where their landlord carries out their own management of the building by requiring these landlords to join a redress scheme.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Net Zero Strategy, last updated on 5 October 2022, what recent progress he has made on his assessment of a maximum level for embodied carbon in new buildings; and when he plans to consult on proposals to reduce those levels.

The 2021 Net Zero Strategy set out Government’s ambition to help the construction sector improve reporting on embodied carbon in buildings and confirmed we are exploring maximum embodied carbon levels in new buildings in the future.

Government intends to seek views on possible approaches to the measurement and reduction of embodied carbon in due course.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The Department currently occupies 22 buildings which the Government Property Agency manages on a day to day basis on its behalf. GPA responsibilities include ensuring that statutory health and safety requirements in relation to the buildings are met. GPA confirms that it has a comprehensive set of risk assessments for DLUHC buildings and therefore meets the requirements of regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

DLUHC itself is responsible for workplace risk assessments such as display risk assessments, lone working risk assessments, and travel risk assessments. DLUHC policy is for workplace risk assessments to be completed on a case by case basis, and Department staff routinely complete the assessments where they are required.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to release the Levelling Up Fund Round 3 allocation ring-fenced for Northern Ireland.

Further announcements will be set out in the usual way.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how leaseholders wishing to hold a 'right to manage' ballot can acquire the data to communicate with the other leaseholders prior to the ballot being held.

The Right to Manage is a statutory process requiring all qualifying non-participating leaseholders to be invited to become a member of the Right to Manage company using a prescribed “notice inviting participation”. The company serves these notices on the leaseholders with no input from the freeholder.

Leaseholders wishing to take forward a claim will need to obtain the title documents for their building from His Majesty’s Land Registry to determine if they qualify and to provide the required details of their leases in the claim notice. The title documents will contain the names and addresses of the owners of the other flats in the building.

In order to qualify for the Right to Manage, no ballot is held, leaseholders who have setup a Right to Manage company invite other leaseholders to participate and the claim can go forward if the qualifying criteria is met. The criteria is as follows: two-thirds of the flats in the building must be held on long residential leases and leaseholders representing not less than 50% of the total number of flats in the building must participate in the claim.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the threshold that needs to be passed for a ‘right to manage’ ballot is a majority of (1) all the leasehold properties, or (2) those ballots returned from the leaseholders.

The Right to Manage is a statutory process requiring all qualifying non-participating leaseholders to be invited to become a member of the Right to Manage company using a prescribed “notice inviting participation”. The company serves these notices on the leaseholders with no input from the freeholder.

Leaseholders wishing to take forward a claim will need to obtain the title documents for their building from His Majesty’s Land Registry to determine if they qualify and to provide the required details of their leases in the claim notice. The title documents will contain the names and addresses of the owners of the other flats in the building.

In order to qualify for the Right to Manage, no ballot is held, leaseholders who have setup a Right to Manage company invite other leaseholders to participate and the claim can go forward if the qualifying criteria is met. The criteria is as follows: two-thirds of the flats in the building must be held on long residential leases and leaseholders representing not less than 50% of the total number of flats in the building must participate in the claim.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that 'right to manage' ballots are safe and secure.

The Right to Manage is a statutory process requiring all qualifying non-participating leaseholders to be invited to become a member of the Right to Manage company using a prescribed “notice inviting participation”. The company serves these notices on the leaseholders with no input from the freeholder.

Leaseholders wishing to take forward a claim will need to obtain the title documents for their building from His Majesty’s Land Registry to determine if they qualify and to provide the required details of their leases in the claim notice. The title documents will contain the names and addresses of the owners of the other flats in the building.

In order to qualify for the Right to Manage, no ballot is held, leaseholders who have setup a Right to Manage company invite other leaseholders to participate and the claim can go forward if the qualifying criteria is met. The criteria is as follows: two-thirds of the flats in the building must be held on long residential leases and leaseholders representing not less than 50% of the total number of flats in the building must participate in the claim.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what actions a leaseholder with 99 years left on their lease has to take to take advantage of proposals for a peppercorn rent in the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill presently before Parliament.

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill will make it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to extend their lease or buy the freehold. The Bill includes a statutory right for qualifying leaseholders to obtain a 990-year lease extension, or to buy their freehold, on payment of a premium. In doing so they can obtain a peppercorn ground rent. In calculating the premium, the value of ground rent is capped at 0.1% of the freehold value.

In addition we have consulted on options to restrict ground rents for current leases and will respond to that consultation in due course. This Government has already restricted ground rents for new residential leases to a peppercorn.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the number of leases that have a lease term of 125 years when first sold.

According to the English Housing Survey 2021-22, 536,000 leasehold dwellings had a lease of between 99 and 125 years at the time of purchase (Annex Table 3.5).

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, following increases to council tax from April this year, what steps they are taking to assess the impact of these increases on households with lower incomes.

Council tax levels are decided by local authorities, taking account of their local circumstances. The Government maintains a referendum threshold so that voters can have the final say over excessive increases. The threshold strikes a balance between giving local authorities the flexibility to generate income for local services and protecting residents. Councils are also required to put in place council tax reduction schemes to help those in financial hardship.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to increase the number of council properties to enable local authorities to provide homes for those being made homeless in (a) England, (b) the North East of England and (c) Newcastle upon Tyne.

As set out previously, the £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes for both rent and to buy right across the country, including social rent.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the activities of mayoral development corporations of the judgement in the litigation taken by South Tees Development Corporation and South Tees Developments Limited against PD Teesport Limited, with case reference Bl-2021-000461.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, it would be inappropriate to comment during legal proceedings.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to reply to Questions 12395 and12396 on Building Safety Fund tabled on 31 January for answer on 5 February 2024.

These have been answered.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of when building remediation works carried out via the Building Safety Fund will be completed.

The Government’s priority is to ensure that residents who live in buildings with unsafe cladding feel safe in their homes, now and in the future.

The Building Safety Fund reopened for new applications on 28 July 2022 to meet that demand. The Fund will remain open until all those who need to access it have done so.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has had discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on the classification of timber framed homes as non-standard construction materials for insurance purposes.

The Department has regular engagement with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the insurance sector on a range of issues, but this has not covered the classification of timber-framed buildings for insurance purposes. The Department is happy to receive further representations on this issue.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the collapse of Cheshunt Lakeside Developments Ltd with reported debts to Broxbourne Borough Council of over £1 million and to Homes England of £18.7 million; and what is the likelihood of recovery of those debts.

Local authorities are independent bodies and Broxbourne Borough Council's recovery of debt is in the first instance a matter for the council. Nonetheless, the Government stands ready to speak to any council that has concerns about its ability to manage its finances or faces pressures for which it has not planned.

Homes England is working closely with the insolvency administrators for Cheshunt Lakeside development site. The Agency is keen to see a workable solution that allows housing delivery to continue. Until the sale of the site has been concluded, the Agency is not able to comment on any potential loss in relation to its recoverable loan.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to help improve affordability for first time buyers in the leasehold sector.

This Government is committed to supporting home ownership and first-time buyers. We have also introduced the Leasehold and Freehold Bill to reform leasehold for everyone.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to insure that leasehold reform initiatives are (a) inclusive and (b) consider the diverse needs of (i) leaseholders from minority backgrounds and (ii) all other leaseholders.

Whilst we will always fulfil our obligations under relevant legislation, we have simply got to move away from identity politics infecting every facet of public discourse. The Government is committed to reforming leasehold for everyone, irrespective of background or any other characteristic.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to ring-fence funding for housing related support to match 2010 levels of £1.6 billion a year allocated to local authorities for that purpose.

Funding to local authorities for housing related support is through the Local Government Finance Settlement. The final Local Government Finance Settlement for 2024-25 makes available up to £64.7 billion, an increase in Core Spending Power of up to £4.5 billion or 7.5% in cash terms on 2023-24.

Having listened to the views of local government, on 24 January the Government announced additional measures for local authorities in England worth £600 million. This includes £500 million of new funding for councils with responsibility for adult and children’s social care, distributed through the Social Care Grant.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to green spaces.

National Planning Policy sets out that access to high quality open spaces and opportunities for sport and physical activity are important for the health and well-being of communities.

The Government is firmly committed to protecting and creating more parks and green spaces. Through the Levelling Up Parks Fund we have provided £9 million to create new or significantly refurbish existing green spaces.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken to support residents’ groups in addressing barriers to their exercise of the right to manage; and what steps he is taking to improve transparency to help residents’ groups understand barriers to their exercise of the right to manage.

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, currently before the Commons, includes measures relating to the right to manage amongst other things.

The Leasehold Advisory Service offers free expert advice to leaseholders, and can support consumers in understanding the steps they need to take in exercising their right to manage.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of ensuring sprinklers are retrofitted to high-risk buildings where deemed necessary by a risk assessment.

Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a designated Responsible Person has an obligation to ensure that existing residential buildings have appropriate fire safety measures. Retrofitting sprinklers may, but might not always, be the right option and other fire safety measures could be taken that may be appropriate for an individual building. When new building work is undertaken, the Building Regulations set out the levels of safety and performance that is required and are supported by statutory guidance in Approved Documents. The Government amended Approved Document B Fire Safety in May 2020, reducing the trigger height for provision of sprinklers in new tall buildings from 30m to 11m.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ensuring greater protection to landscapes with a distinct literary (a) heritage and (b) value in planning policy.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out that planning policies and decisions should recognise the character and beauty of the countryside, and local authorities are expected to protect heritage assets which can include landscape and setting of listed buildings.

Substantial harm to, or loss of, the significance of designated heritage assets of the highest significance – including World Heritage Sites – should be wholly exceptional. A notable example of protected landscape is the Lake District, inscribed as a World Heritage Site for its rich cultural landscape in recognition of its importance to Wordsworth.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of households that own a car that do not have a driveway.

The Department does not hold the information required to fully respond to this question. We do hold some data on parking facilities available to households and dwellings, published annually in Live Tables DA2201, DA2202, and DA2203 available online, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/amenities-services-and-local-environments.The Department does not collect data on households’ car ownership.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of people living in (a) tower blocks and (b) residential properties without a driveway own cars.

The Department does not hold the information required to fully respond to this question. We do hold some data on parking facilities available to households and dwellings, published annually in Live Tables DA2201, DA2202, and DA2203 available online, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/amenities-services-and-local-environments.The Department does not collect data on households’ car ownership.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the merits of making sprinklers mandatory in all high rise buildings.

Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a designated Responsible Person has an obligation to ensure that existing residential buildings have appropriate fire safety measures. Retrofitting sprinklers may, but might not always, be the right option and other fire safety measures could be taken that may be appropriate for an individual building. When new building work is undertaken, the Building Regulations set out the levels of safety and performance that is required and are supported by statutory guidance in Approved Documents. The Government amended Approved Document B Fire Safety in May 2020, reducing the trigger height for provision of sprinklers in new tall buildings from 30m to 11m.

The Government does not hold information on how many and what proportion of high rise buildings have sprinklers installed. For occupied higher-risk buildings falling under Part 4 of the Building Safety Act 2022, accountable persons are required as part of the Key Building Information to provide the Building Safety Regulator with a list of all fire and smoke control equipment within the higher-risk building. This includes whether there are sprinklers in the building. The Building Safety Regulator is planning to publish the Key Building Information later this year.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many and what proportion of high rise buildings have sprinklers installed.

Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a designated Responsible Person has an obligation to ensure that existing residential buildings have appropriate fire safety measures. Retrofitting sprinklers may, but might not always, be the right option and other fire safety measures could be taken that may be appropriate for an individual building. When new building work is undertaken, the Building Regulations set out the levels of safety and performance that is required and are supported by statutory guidance in Approved Documents. The Government amended Approved Document B Fire Safety in May 2020, reducing the trigger height for provision of sprinklers in new tall buildings from 30m to 11m.

The Government does not hold information on how many and what proportion of high rise buildings have sprinklers installed. For occupied higher-risk buildings falling under Part 4 of the Building Safety Act 2022, accountable persons are required as part of the Key Building Information to provide the Building Safety Regulator with a list of all fire and smoke control equipment within the higher-risk building. This includes whether there are sprinklers in the building. The Building Safety Regulator is planning to publish the Key Building Information later this year.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to introduce the Building Safety Levy.

We aim to implement the Building Safety Levy later this year, subject to Parliamentary approval of the secondary legislation required.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
29th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the Home Builders Federation State of Play: Challenges and opportunities facing SME home builders, published on 22 January, regarding the number of small and medium-sized enterprise builders going out of business; what assessment they have made of the impact of this on the supply of new homes; and whether they have plans to support this subsector.

The Government wants to see a diverse and competitive housebuilding sector. We are aware of the challenges that small and medium sized (SME) housebuilders are facing, which is why we are supporting them through the £1.5 billion Levelling Up Home Building Fund (LUHBF) and the £1 billion ENABLE Build guarantee programme. LUHBF provides loans to SMEs to help build around 42,000 homes across the country. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Act will also help SMEs by making the planning process easier to navigate, faster and more predictable.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the report entitled Relationship of Equals, published by the Housing Ombudsman on 23 January 2024, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a Royal Commission to create a long-term plan for social housing.

We welcome the Housing Ombudsman’s spotlight report on attitudes, respect, and rights and we will consider its recommendations. We urge social landlords to do the same, and for them to reflect on how best to support vulnerable residents.

The Social Housing Regulation Act is bringing in a tough new regulatory regime to support this Government’s commitment to driving up standards in social housing and holding landlords accountable for providing residents with decent homes.

We are currently consulting on further changes that will improve social housing. These include Awaab’s Law, which will set strict time limits on fixing reported health hazards in social housing, and on Competence and Conduct standards, which will require senior managers and executives in organisations that provide social housing to have or be working towards a relevant qualification.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the nature of challenges to access social housing for people aged 16 to 24.

Local Housing Authorities do not allocate social housing based on age. Social housing is prioritised for those in identified housing need by means of the statutory ‘reasonable preference’ (priority) requirements.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to increase protections for tenants in the private rented sector who are affected by mould and damp.

The Government is committed to halving the number of non-decent rented homes by 2030 and we are clear that everyone deserves to live in a home that is decent, safe and secure. We have tabled amendments to the Renters (Reform) Bill that will require private rented sector properties to meet a Decent Homes Standard for the first time. We are exploring the merits of a standalone damp and mould standard that all landlords, private and social, must meet.

More information on our work on damp and mould in the private rented sector can be found in the answer given to Question UIN 11180 on 30 January 2024.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which constituencies have been allocated funding from the Levelling Up Fund in Scotland.

I refer the honourable Member to my answer to Question UIN11550 on 31 January 2024.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which constituencies in Scotland have not been allocated funding from the Levelling Up Fund.

I refer the honourable Member to my answer to Question UIN11550 on 31 January 2024.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle age-based discrimination in the private rented sector.

Everyone is entitled to a safe and decent home, regardless of their age. The Renters (Reform) Bill will deliver the Government’s commitment to ‘a fairer private rented sector’. Our reforms will improve the system for all responsible tenants, providing greater security and certainty of quality accommodation - including for the growing numbers of older people living in the private rented sector.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of rent-to-rent schemes.

We have worked with stakeholders representing both tenants and landlords to ensure our reforms deliver a fairer and more secure private rented sector, which includes the necessary provisions for the rent-to-rent sector.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)