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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Housing Bill passes third reading

Housing and Planning Bill got by its Third Reading. 

The vote in the Houses of Parliament saw 309 in favour, to 216 against. 

The Bill is expected to be passed into law by the summer.

Zac Goldsmith managed to squeeze in his London Mayoral Election amendment. The “Zac amendment”, calls for a “2 for 1” guarantee, meaning 'at least two new affordable homes are provided for each old dwelling [sold]” by London Councils.

A Labour amendment, put forward by shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce failed to fly. The amendment to ensure that all rented accommodation was “safe for people to live in” was defeated by 312 votes to 219.

Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones argued that the Labour proposal would cause “unnecessary regulation and cost to landlords.”

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