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Cathy Bakewell: Lib Dem Lords act to stop retaliatory evictions (via Lib Dem Voice)

Baroness Bakewell
Baroness Bakewell

Yesterday, we moved forward in protecting vulnerable tenants by protecting them from the questionable practice of retaliatory evictions. This is the culmination of a process started by Sarah Teather MP on 28th November when she secured a private Members Bill on Tenancies (Reform) to deal with the problems caused by Retaliatory Evictions.  Sadly there were members in the Commons that day who were themselves landlords, did not share the ethos of the Bill and talked it out of time.  So it was a great privilege for Lib Dems in the Lords to be able to support the essence of Sarah’s Bill in the amendment we debated yesterday. Sarah Teather deserves a lot of credit for her efforts to end this pointless suffering. And for the work she did in the commons to stand up to right wing Tories all too willing to see this continue.

The amendment is not about penalising conscientious landlords, nor is it about protecting bad tenants who do not respect the property they are renting.  It is about protecting the rights of both groups and giving security to tenants, who when reporting a fault which affects their ability to live happily in their home, will not dread an eviction notice landing on the doormat as a result.  It gives a clear signal to those landlords who currently ignore the state of their properties, that this is no longer acceptable.  If such landlords engage in a regular programme of maintenance, they are likely to have a much better relationship with their tenants, reduce the incidence of costly tenancy turnover and be less likely to face expensive repair bills for major incidents, such as collapsed ceilings due to persistent leaks.

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Cathy Bakewell’s speech opening today’s debate on the natural environment, green transport and protecting wildlife

Baroness Bakewell
Baroness Bakewell

My Lords I am delighted to be able to lead this debate this morning.  This is a very wide ranging topic and one which can cause strong views to be taken on differing sides of the argument.  However, this debate is really about planning for the future.  How do we maintain our green environment for future generations and how do we put in place infrastructure to make best use of green technology as it becomes available.

Some believe the effects of climate change are with us, others believe that is all just part of the nature cyclical process of the earth and can point to events in history which mirror our current predicaments.  There are those taking part in this debate whose credentials are excellent and far outweigh my own interest in this matter.  I look forward to hearing from them and also to the maiden speech of my noble friend Lord Callanan.

Almost on a weekly basis we can see examples of global natural disasters on our television screens.  Whether it be excessive flood waters, extreme droughts or the melting of the Arctic Polar ice cap.  Last winter saw unprecedented rain fall in Britain resulting in distressing floods in Somerset, the land around the Thames and many other areas. Continue reading Cathy Bakewell’s speech opening today’s debate on the natural environment, green transport and protecting wildlife

Letter of the Lords – 8 December 2014