Does the UK have the greediest, most venal and least competent housebuilders in the world?
Mr Watson, the MP for West Bromwich East, joined on the prompting of constituents.
It beings the APPG up to 150 members: 140 MPs and ten Lords. Listed below.
Meanwhile, the government is showing increasing seriousness over the issues of leasehold reform, coupled with exasperation at plc housebuilders as evidenced yesterday over planning, land banking and supply issues raised yesterday.
Gargantuan profits have been made through the government subsidy of Help To Buy, and the nation’s housebuilders have responded by shafting their customers with wealth-eroding leasehold terms and intricate “fleecehold” management charges on private estates (where the council hasn’t adopted roads, lighting and drains).
Theresa May referenced leasehold issues in a speech in East London yesterday: “With no regulation in property management, the door has been open to cowboy agents – with tenants, leaseholders, freeholders and honest agents all paying the price. That’s why we’re working with reputable property managers and their clients to clean up and regulate the sector.”
Full speech here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-making-housing-fairer-5-march
Communities Secretary Said Javid told the Commons yesterday: “We are cracking down on rogue landlords and the abuse of leaseholds … We have launched a new, more assertive national housing agency, Homes England. We have launched an independent review, led by my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin), into the gap between planning permissions granted and homes actually built.”
Justin Madders, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, said: “There are some laudable aims in the Secretary of State’s statement today, but I fear they will not succeed because we are still relying on the same cabal of developers who brought us the leasehold scandal and whose profits have gone up nearly 400% in the past five years.”
The housebuilders also awarded themselves princely remuneration for harvesting the housing crisis and a load of public money, with the £120 million bonus to Jeffrey Fairburn, CEO of Persimmon, the most outrageous example.
(After £45 million or so, Mr Fairburn has allocated the rest to charity … seemingly controlled by Mr Fairburn.)
Meanwhile, the Communities Select Committee, chaired by Clive Betts MP, has still not called in the housebuilders to address the leasehold scandal.
LKP has repeated urged it to call in Pete Redfern, CEO of Taylor Wimpey, to address the company’s “ground rent assistance scheme”.
This is an offer to turn doubling ground rent into ones linked to RPI.
It does not apply to anyone who bought a resale, and the RPI will be linked to the doubled ground rent if the ground rent has already soared.
Furthermore, Taylor Wimpey won’t say how many of its former customers are involved, which are the sites, and how many leases have toxic terms.
Other housebuilders need to do some explaining: such as Persimmon on why it is now selling out houses at Harrow View West as freehold rather than leasehold, and what is it going to do about its now disadvantaged former customers.
In the planning debate yesterday, another testy APPG member, Andrew Selous, Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire, said: “Houghton Regis North 1 is a 5,000-house development in my constituency for which all planning permissions have already been granted.
“My concern is that I am told that not a single person will collect keys on that large site until early 2020 because of the time it will take to put in electricity and other utilities. My constituents need those houses now. They cannot wait that long and they cannot wait for the Letwin review. What can the Government do to help to get those utilities in more quickly, so that we build the houses we desperately need?”
A good question. And another might be:
Does the UK have the greediest, most venal and least competent housebuilders in the world?
Current number of members 140 + 8 friends
Updates this month:
05/03/18 Tom Watson Deputy leader or the Labour Party and MP for West Bromwich East joined
Listed below are the members of the All Party Parliamentary Group looking into Leasehold and Commonhold reform in the new parliament. The list is updated as new members join and will be updated on this page throughout the parliament.
Any member of parliament in the Commons or Lords may join an APPG unless they hold a formal office in the government. The group has also created the informal category of “friend” of the APPG to allow members of the government to follow the group as part of their work in constituency matters. Current APPG “friends” are:
Robert Buckland MP for South Swindon and Solicitor General
MarK Field MP for Cities of London and Westminster Minister of State (FCO)
Nick Gibb MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton and Minister of State for Education
Andrew Stephenson MP for Pendle and Assistant Government Whip
Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green and Assistant Government Whip
Nick Hurd MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner Minister of State (Home Office)
Alistair Bury MP North East Bedford Minister of State (FCO)
Olicer Dowden MP for Hertsmere Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
Members of parliament wishing to join the APPG can either write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any of the co chairs Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Sir Edward Davey MP.
The APPG issued their first interim report at the end of the last parliament which can be read HERE
The aims of the All Party Parliamentary Group are updated as at 5th July 2017:
- To consider ways in which leasehold and commonhold legislation and regulation might be improved.
- To examine those elements of current legislation and regulation which are seen as defective.
- To look at ways to reduce the opportunities for exploitation and ways to alleviate the distress and hardship faced by some leaseholders, particularly the more vulnerable and elderly leaseholder.
- To consider how the current cost imbalance at the leasehold property Tribunal might be addressed, how the Tribunal might be developed for use under revised commonhold legislation and how it might return to parliament’s original intention as a low cost forum for disputes and redress.
- To consider and to make known objectionable and unacceptable behaviour in the sector.
- To consider those matters in leasehold insurance and service charge funds which currently fall outside the regulatory framework of the FCA.
- To consider the different issues faced in the private sector and in the social sectors
- To liaise with and monitor the actions of the various government departments dealing with leasehold and commonhold issues along with the activities of publicly funded bodies working in this area.
- To review commonhold legislation to explore how to better implement this form of tenure so it works as parliament intended.
LIST OF APPG MPs and LORDS
|Debbie||Abrahams MP||Oldham East and Saddleworth|
|Rushanara||Ali MP||Bethnal Green and Bow|
|Mike||Amesbury MP||Weaver Vale|
|Sir David||Amess MP||Southend West|
|Jon||Ashworth MP||Leicester South|
|Ian||Austin MP||Dudley North|
|Sir Henry||Bellingham MP||North West Norfolk|
|Hilary||Benn MP||Leeds Central|
|Bob||Blackman MP||Harrow East|
|Sir Peter||Bottomley MP||Worthing West|
|Graham||Brady MP||Altrincham and Sale West|
|Lyn||Brown MP||Newcastle upon Tyne East|
|Nick||Brown MP||Newcastle upon Tyne East|
|Sir Vince||Cable MP||Twickenham|
|Ruth||Cadbury MP||Brentford and Isleworth|
|Ronnie||Campbell MP||Blyth Valley|
|Dan||Carden MP||Liverpool, Walton|
|Rosie||Cooper MP||West Lancashire|
|Robert||Courts MP||Witney and West Oxfordshire|
|Sir David||Crausby MP||Bolton North East|
|John||Cryer MP||Leyton and Wanstead|
|Geraint||Daveis MP||Swansea West|
|Sir Edward||Davey MP||Kingston and Surbiton|
|Marsha||De Cordova MP||Battersea|
|Emma||Dent Coed MP||Kensington|
|Stephen||Doughty MP||Cardiff South and Penarth|
|Steve||Double MP||St Austell and Newquay|
|Jack||Dromey MP||Birmingham, Erdington|
|Julie||Elliot MP||Sunderland Central|
|Bill||Esterson MP||Sefton Central|
|Nigel||Evans MP||Ribble Valley|
|Tim||Farron MP||Westmorland & Lonsdale|
|Jim||Fitzpatrick MP||Poplar and Limehouse|
|Paul||Flynn MP||Newport West|
|Barry||Gardiner MP||Brent North|
|Ruth||George MP||High Peak|
|Mary||Glindon MP||North Tyneside|
|Roger||Godsiff MP||Birmingham, Hall Green|
|Helen||Goodman MP||Bishop Auckland|
|Helen||Grant MP||Maidstone and The Weald|
|Chris||Green MP||Bolton West|
|Andrew||Gwynne MP||Denton and Reddish|
|Louise||Haigh MP||Sheffield, Heeley|
|Emma||Hardy MP||Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle|
|Helen||Hayes MP||Dulwich and West Norwood|
|Nick||Herbert MP||Arundel and South Downs|
|Dame Margaret||Hodge MP||Barking|
|Sharon||Hodgson MP||Washington and Sunderland West|
|Kevan||Jones MP||North Durham|
|Susan Elen||Jones MP||Clwyd South|
|Barbara||Keeley MP||Worsley and Eccles South|
|Afzal||Khan MP||Manchester, Gorton|
|Peter||Kyle MP||Hove and Portslade|
|Sir Edward||Lee MP||Gainsborough|
|Ivan||Lesis MP||Bury South|
|Rebecca||Long Bailey MP||Salford and Eccles|
|Tim||Loughton MP||East Worthing and Shoreham|
|Justin||Madders MP||Ellesmere Port and Neston|
|Seema||Malhotra MP||Feltham and Heston|
|Rachael||Maskell MP||York Central|
|Steve||McCabe MP||Birmingham, Selly Oak|
|Conor||McGinn MP||St Helens North|
|Alison||McGovern MP||Wirral South|
|Liz||McInnes MP||Heywood and Middleton|
|Catherine||McKinnell MP||Newcastle upon Tyne North|
|Johnny||Mercer MP||Plymouth, Moor View|
|Layla||Moran MP||Oxford West|
|David||Morris MP||Morecambe and Lunesdale|
|Bob||Niel MP||Bromley & Chislehurst|
|Chi||Onwurah MP||Newcastle upon Tyne Central|
|Teresa||Pearce MP||Erith and Thamesmead|
|Matthew||Pennycook MP||Greenwich and Woolwich|
|Lucy||Powell MP||Manchester Central|
|Mark||Prisk MP||Hertford and Stortford|
|Yasmin||Qureshi MP||Bolton South East|
|Faisal||Rashid MP||Warrington South|
|Steve||Reed MP||Croydon North|
|Emma||Reynolds MP||Wolverhampton North East|
|Jonathan||Reynolds MP||Stalybridge and Hyde|
|Marie||Rimmer MP||St Helens South and Whiston|
|Lloyd||Russell-Moyle MP||Brighton, Kemptown|
|Andrew||Selous MP||South West Bedfordshire|
|Alec||Shelbrooke MP||Elmet and Rothwell|
|Tulip||Siddiq MP||Hampstead and Kilburn|
|Angela||Smith MP||Penistone and Stocksbridge|
|Cat||Smith MP||Lancaster and Fleetwood|
|Jeff||Smith MP||Manchester Withington|
|Dame Caroline||Spelman MP||Meriden|
|Keir||Starmer MP||Holborn and St Pancras|
|Gary||Streeter MP||South West Devon|
|Graham||Stringer MP||Blackley and Broughton|
|Mark||Tami MP||Alyn and Deeside|
|Derek||Thomas MP||St Ives|
|Gareth||Thomas MP||Harrow West|
|Justin||Tomlinson MP||North Swindon|
|Stephen||Twigg MP||Liverpool West Derby|
|Tom||Watson MP||West Bromwich East|
|Chris||Williamson MP||Derby North|
|William||Wragg MP||Hazel Grove|
|Baroness||Gardner of Parkes|
|Lord||Kennedy of Southwark|
|Baroness||McIntosh of Pickering|
|Lord||O’Neill of Clackmannan|
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