By Harry Scoffin
The National Leasehold Campaign has received a boost with today’s news that Justin Madders MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, has recommended that its three leaders be recognised at the upcoming Women in Housing Awards.
Organised by Inside Housing, the ceremony will be held at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday October 10.
In comments to Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, Mr Madders encourages leaseholders to sign up to www.womeninhousingawards.co.uk and nominate the NLC’s Katie Kendrick, Jo Darbyshire and Cath Williams for Team of the Year.
Leaseholders have until Thursday June 6 to submit their nominations.
The Labour MP paid special tribute to constituent Katie Kendrick, who established the social movement in January 2017 after discovering that the cost of buying her freehold had skyrocketed through no fault of her own. Her campaigning efforts have been commended by Daily Mail business editor Ruth Sunderland.
Ms Kendrick has helped turn the NLC into a 14,000-strong bloc of ‘leasehold freedom fighters’. She has managed to achieve this whilst being a full-time mother and undertaking 13-hour shifts as a paediatric nurse.
Mr Madders has proposed Ms Kendrick for Woman of the Year category. He said:
“Without the people power provided by the National Leasehold Campaign, there would not have been the momentous Communities Select Committee report nor the recent announcement of an investigation into leasehold mis-selling by the Competition and Markets Authority.
By recruiting the talented Jo Darbyshire and Cath Williams to join her, Katie Kendrick scaled up the organisation and created a new buzz around the work Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and the APPG started.
While developers and third-party freeholders may have ample financial resources to defend the status quo, Katie, Jo and Cath consistently demonstrate that the NLC has the organisational and symbolic power to end an exploitative system that has operated in this country for nearly a 1,000 years. Harnessing the internet, which past generations of leaseholders never had, they have given voice to homeowners caught in the leasehold property trap. Consumers are finally understanding what leasehold really means: glorified tenancy.
I urge readers of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership to vote for Katie Kendrick as Women in Housing’s Woman of the Year. But the NLC’s success also reflects a phenomenal team effort – so please nominate accordingly for the Team of the Year category.”
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It was good fortune that the big housebuilders chose to shaft Katie, Cath and Jo by selling them toxic income-generating leases. It is to their credit that they refused to accept the ‘divide-and-rule’ tactics of the industry, who originally sought to separate the leaseholders of houses from those in flats.
In your application, be sure to include your name and personal email address before selecting ‘I am nominating someone else for this category’. For nominee’s contact details, use firstname.lastname@example.org
For both Team of the Year and Women of the Year categories, select ‘Policy’ as ‘job function’.
Written statements are optional but recommended given the judges will make their decisions based on the evidence that has been submitted. Unless you are self-nominating, which will only affect the NLC leadership, there is no need to attach image files.