On Tuesday, I raised in the House of Commons the plight of homeowners who have bought newly built houses on long leases and find themselves being financially exploited by freeholders who want to squeeze increasing amounts of money out of them in ground rent and charges.
According to the most recent figures, 69% of all new build houses in the North West were sold as leaseholds in2016 so this financial exploitation is a big problem.It's a scam and despite there being no good reason to sell houses as leaseholds, it’s happening a lot in Garston and Halewood. Homes in Cressington Heath and Gateacre Park and in Halewood have been sold in this way.
During the debate, I asked the responding Minister Dominic Raab to commit to do more to help home owners already trapped in these onerous agreements. Despite this, the Minister made no reference at all to the issue of leaseholds when responding to the debate. I tried to intervene to ask him for answers, but he twice refused to hear my question saying he didn’t have time.
He then proceeded to dedicate much of his speech to attacking the Labour party, before sit down with a minute to spare. So much for not having time. I’m afraid the Government showed little understanding of this issue and the problems it is causing for families in my constituency and on this showing, they seemed to care even less.
On Tuesday, I raised in the House of Commons the plight of homeowners who have bought newly built houses on long leases and find themselves being financially exploited by freeholders...
I’m proud to support Breast Cancer Care's Afternoon Tea campaign with events taking place up and down the UK this July to raise awareness and support for people facing breast cancer.
The charity provides vital services to support people living with breast cancer and their families. Their Afternoon Tea event has been running since 1998, and this year they’re hoping to get at least 8,000 people involved to raise funds for the great work that they do.
It's never been harder to defend our councils from the cruel cuts to funding that the Lib Dems supported and voted for when they were in coalition with the Tories. Since 2010, Liverpool and Knowsley have seen their budgets cut to the bone, and are now two of the hardest hit councils in the country.
Our local Labour Councillors have been fighting hard to protect our city for the future. But they can only continue to do so with your support.
In Liverpool and Knowsley, a vote for our Labour Councillors today is a vote against Lib Dem and Tory cuts, a vote to protect our NHS and vital public services, and a vote to build the best possible future for our city.