Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dodged a question from an MP about the timing of the long-awaited Rental Reform Bill and associated White Paper.
Towards the end of yesterday's Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons - a session dominated by Johnson’s admission that he attended a lockdown ‘bring your own booze’ party - a question was posed by the Labour MP for Stockport, Nav Mishra.
He told the chamber that the average rent of a two bedroom home in his constituency was “an unaffordable £800 a month” and that a pensioner couple of his constituents had recently been served with a Section 21 notice.
Mishra went on to ask the Prime Minister when the Renters’ Reform Bill would be introduced, or whether it had been kicked into the long grass.
Johnson’s answer almost entirely ignores the private rental sector, saying: “One of the first things I did when I became Prime Minister was increase the Local Housing Allowance so that those on social rent could afford where they lived more easily - the key component of tackling the cost of living.
“What we’re also doing is building a record number of homes and I’m very pleased to see a huge increase in the number of people able to get the homes they need.
“But the point that [Mishra] makes about renters is very, very important and that’s why we’re tackling the rights of renters as well.”
At that point Johnson sat down; TV coverage of the event showed Mishra shaking his head at the conclusion of the answer.
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