Housing and Planning Bill — Second Reading — 2 Nov 2015 at 21:50
The majority of MPs voted to require those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; to enable right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants to be funded; to enable the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and for other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning.
The Bill contains provisions:
- to require tenants in social housing on higher incomes (over £40,000 in London and over £30,000 outside London) to pay market rate, or near market rate, rents.
- enabling central Government to make grants to housing associations to compensate them for selling properties to tenants at a discount (extending the Right to Buy scheme to Housing Associations on a voluntary basis).
- enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils sell their high value properties when they become vacant and enabling the Secretary of State to allow councils to use some of the revenue to provide replacement housing.
- introducing a statutory framework for the delivery of starter homes - properties sold to qualifying first time buyers at a 20% discount on market values.
- to phase out of tenancies for life.
- requiring local authorities to meet demand for custom-built and self-built homes.
- providing greater powers for local authorities to identify and tackle rogue landlords.
- to increase regulation over who can hold a licence for a property in multiple occupation.
- to change planning laws with an aim of speeding up house building.
- aimed at making compulsory purchase clearer, fairer and faster.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was :
- That the Bill be now read a Second time.
The approval of this motion enabled the Bill to continue on is path to becoming law.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Housing and Planning Bill
-  Explanatory notes to the Housing and Planning Bill
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||305 (+2 tell)||0||0||93.0%|
|Lab||0||200 (+2 tell)||0||87.4%|