Tom Brake MP presents local petition against the Housing Bill

Tom Brake MP used a rare opportunity to speak in Parliament to slam the Housing and Planning Bill. His chance came when submitting a petition signed by Sutton residents calling on the Government to stop the unfair Housing and Planning Bill.

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His speech on Tuesday followed Monday’s vote when the Conservative Government rejected amendments proposed by the Lords that would help mitigate the most negative impacts of the Bill. The Lords have since again rejected the Government’s proposals.

Tom said:

‘‘I would like to thank in particular Cllrs Manuel Abellan, Jean Crossby, Jayne McCoy, Joyce Melican and Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Ruth Dombey for helping to promote this petition and all my constituents who signed it.

The Housing and Planning Bill not only fails to address the critical shortage of housing, but worse than that could lead to a drop in the number of affordable homes.

This Bill will do nothing for millions who want to get on the housing ladder and will damage the prospects of finding an affordable decent home for rent for those who can't.’’ 

The petition was signed by 360 Carshalton and Wallington residents. A further 240 signatures from Sutton residents will also be submitted. The Government is expected to respond to it shortly.

You can find a link to the video here: http://goo.gl/w3zzow.  

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