Barbara is calling on the Government to take urgent action to protect local home-owners who own their home as leaseholders and are finding they are being " stung" by the terms of their lease.
New government statistics show that there are four million leasehold dwellings in England.
Owners who own their home as leaseholders have no protection from soaring ground rents and unfair charges imposed for consent to carry out home alterations. They can also face steep increases in the purchase price of freeholds.
Barbara is campaigning for action to help local home-owners affected by the leasehold scandal. She has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform to raise local concerns. Barbara is calling on the Government to reform the system so that unfair practices are stopped, as Labour has now pledged to do.
“The Government’s new figures show the extent of leasehold ownership in England. Owners who own their home as leaseholders are unprotected and the way that many are being treated by developers and management companies is completely unacceptable. A number of constituents have contacted me to tell me how they are being affected and about the anger and distress they feel.
“Labour wants to end these deeply unfair practices. When we were in Government we gave leaseholders more protection but it is clear that problems with leasehold continue. Urgent action is needed to help those affected.
“Labour would give leaseholders security from unfair 'ground rents' and end the routine use of leasehold ownership in new housing developments. We would cap rising charges that leaseholders have to pay to rule out the large rises that have hit some new home-owners and give leaseholders security against unforeseen rises when they come to sell their home.
“We need to see real action on this issue as soon as possible. I am calling on the Government to reform the system, as Labour has pledged to do, so that these unfair practices stop.
“If you live in Worsley and Eccles South and are one of the households affected, please let me know by sending me an email through my website here."
Barbara is calling on the Government to take urgent action to protect local home-owners who own their home as leaseholders and are finding they are being " stung" by the...
Transport for Greater Manchester is working with the Royal Horticultural Society on a community project called ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’. The bus shelter garden design competition is open to communities, businesses, designers and groups based in Greater Manchester and is aiming to inspire people to start growing and to celebrate local communities. Barbara is encouraging people from across Worsley and Eccles South to take part in the competition.
The community project is free to enter and the successful designs will be given a bus stop at the show to decorate and transform as part of the 'Bus Stop Boulevard’ and will receive a £500 grant towards their shelter's design and creation.
“The ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’ community project is a great opportunity for local people to work together to develop some really interesting designs that could be produced and put on display for thousands of visitors to see during the nationally renowned RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
“I hope that community groups, businesses and designers from across Worsley and Eccles South will take part in the project and by doing so help to inspire others to start growing in their communities.
“The competition is free to enter and the successful designs will be given a budget to create their own show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, which is taking place on the 19th-23rd July 2017. More information about the competition is available here. To enter complete the application form, which is available here. The deadline for entries is Monday 24th April 2017. I wish everyone taking part the best of luck and I look forward to seeing the successful entries.”
Transport for Greater Manchester is working with the Royal Horticultural Society on a community project called ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’. The bus shelter garden design competition is open to communities, businesses,...
Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since suffering a stroke in December 2013.
As a result of his illness and hospitalisation Mr Munroe’s Dubai-based business went into liquidation. In 2014, a court case was brought against Mr Munroe over debts owed to creditors and he was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Dubai. In 2014 Barbara wrote to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, to raise Mr Munroe’s case and to ask for action.
Mr Munroe’s family say that he would be unable to serve his prison sentence, as he can only just move his head, is fed through a tube and is permanently connected to an oxygen tank
Mr Munroe recently turned 70 and is still critically ill and receiving treatment at a hospital in Dubai. Due to the risk of arrest by association, Mr Munroe’s wife and sons have not been able to visit him in hospital in Dubai for the last three years.
Barbara has again taken up the case with the current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and has asked him to review the case as a matter of urgency.
“This case is very worrying. My constituent, Mr Munroe, is critically ill having suffered a major stroke in Dubai. He is 70 years old and as a result of his illness is now very frail. He remains alone in a Dubai Hospital, as his family have been prevented from visiting him.
“My constituent’s family want him to be able to return home for the continued medical treatment he needs and to re-join his wife and sons in the UK”.
“I have written to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to raise Mr Munroe’s case as a matter of urgency. I have asked him to take all action available to him through diplomatic channels to urge the UAE to grant clemency to Mr Munroe.”
“I hope that the Foreign Secretary can take action so that Mr Munroe can be treated back in Salford with his family by his side.”
Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since...