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Thousands of new and first time buyers have seen their dream of owning their own home turn into a nightmare. Unbeknownst to many of the people who snapped up houses from new developments, incremental increases in ground rent charges every decade will see some homeowners having to pay thousands of pounds per year.
These new homes start with reasonable ground rent charges of around £200 per year but are set to double every decade; this means in 50 years’ time, some homeowners will be paying £6,400 per year. Had they been made aware of this at the time, the vast majority of homebuyers say they would not have gone ahead with the purchase.
In light of this, mortgage lenders are now adjusting their lending criteria and many of the homes already sold run the risk of becoming mortgageable. This leaves thousands of people with unsellable homes that may even go into negative equity.
Concerns have also been raised at what homeowners feel was deliberate ambiguity and deception on the part of the property developers and their recommend conveyancing solicitors. Pushy sales staff and aggressive completion dates meant that people were unable to adequately scrutinise the terms and conditions. Upon completion, many of the property developers went on to sell the freehold to obscure third party companies.
An All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform has been created and so far has over 80 participants.
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:
"I have heard many stories from first-time buyers who have worked incredibly hard to buy their first home and did so in good faith. Unfortunately, their plans for the future have been thrown into complete turmoil. It should come as no surprise that leasehold has become the no1 issue for UK homeowners.
“The annual doubling of ground rents will not only lead to financial hardship for families but will also make the resale of their home incredibly difficult, with many lenders now wising up to the issue. The concerns raised about aggressive sales techniques and a lack of transparency and scrutiny are deeply troubling.
” I remain concerned that properties are currently being treated as a marketable commodity over the heads of owner-occupiers and I believe that we need urgent action to stop the exploitation of hard-working homeowners.”
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Universal Credit is set to be rolled out across Enfield in August of this year, despite calls being made for the rollout to be delayed in order to address problems with the new system.
Universal Credit replaces 6 means-tested benefits, including Tax Credits, Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit and by 2022, 7 million families will be in receipt of it. However, concerns have been raised by Citizens Advice and others that the new system is failing many people and forcing them into destitution.
Research conducted by Citizens Advice shows that some people are waiting up to 12 weeks for their first payment; people are struggling to cope with the complexity of the new system and people are not getting they support they need.
Due to the cuts made to core grant funding for Citizens Advice Enfield, there is set to be a reduced capacity for their ability to assist the expected surge in people requiring support.
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:
"I welcome any steps being made to simplify our social security system, however, it is vitally important that the rollout of Universal Credit does not leave people destitute.
"It is deeply concerning that 1 in 3 people have had to wait longer than six weeks for their first payment and 1 in 10 over 10 weeks. Many of my constituents rely on our social security system and it is vitally important that we see an end to vulnerable people slipping through the safety net.
"I have written to the Secretary of State for the DWP and urged him to delay the rollout of Universal Credit and to work with Citizens Advice and others to alleviate the problems that have arisen”.
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Thank you to everyone that came out for my campaign launch this evening, it is my greatest honour to represent Edmonton. Together, we will build a strong campaign for a Labour win!
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Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election, due to be held on June 8th.
The decision comes as a shock to most in British politics, owing to the PM's previous statements outlining her intention not to call for an early election.
The PM is expected to put a motion before Parliament tomorrow, which will require the support of two-thirds of MPs. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the PM's decision and Labour will not stand in the way of the election.
Edmonton MP Kate Osamor said: "This election allows Labour to offer the people of the UK with a genuine alternative to the crippling austerity which the Conservatives have presided over for the past seven years.
"The NHS and our social care system are at breaking point; there is a chronic housing shortage and there is an ever-increasing number of people precariously employed in the 'gig economy' on zero-hours contracts. It is only a Labour Government that will stand up for people on these important issues.
"I will stand on a platform that challenges the narrative that austerity is an economic necessity, rather than a political choice. I have seen first-hand how these choices have affected the people of Edmonton and a Labour Government, with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister, will represent real change.
"The general election in two month’s time is a “Brexit election” aimed at distracting people from the ongoing negotiations. Despite this, the Labour Party are best placed to ensure Britain gets a Brexit deal that suits the majority, rather than the minority, and guarantees a fairer society that works for all.
"I will be knocking on doors in Edmonton in the coming weeks to get Labour's key policies across and convey Labour's message of hope".
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Recent changes to bereavement payment benefits will see a reduction in financial support for families, widows and widowers who have lost loved ones.
Changes to the Widowed Parent's Allowance, Bereavement Payment and Bereavement Allowance - which will now be collectively known as Bereavement Payment Support - will see the initial lump sum paid upon death increase slightly, while the 20-year cap on financial support has been slashed to 18 months.
Under the new system, families without children will receive a lump sum of £2,500 and a monthly payment of £100. Those with children will receive a larger lump sum of £3,500 and a monthly figure of £350 for a maximum of 18 months. Despite an increase in the initial lump sum payment, the monthly payments are at a reduced rate.
The old rules allowed for bereaved families with children to receive monthly financial support up until the last child left full-time education, with the cap being set at 20 years. The lowest income families who suffer a bereavement are expected to lose out on £31,000 with the changes.
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:
"I am deeply concerned that these punitive cuts will detrimentally affect bereaved families at an already emotional and difficult time.
"Families will have their financial support ended after only 18 months and it will be difficult for them to return to their normal lives after such a short period of time.
"In my constituency, there have been hundreds of claimants of the benefit since 2010, the majority of whom were widows or widowers with dependent children.
"Bereavement payments account for only 0.32% of the welfare budget and these cuts are only expected to yield savings of £100 million per year. I am calling on the Government in the strongest terms to look again at this policy.”
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New Government regulations will impact over 160,000 disabled people in the UK. Planned changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), will see the Government ignore two High Court Tribunal hearings that stated that the scope of PIP should be widened to include 160,000 people who suffer from mental and psychical conditions.
PIP claims are based on the number of ‘points’ a claimant is awarded in the ‘Daily Living’ and ‘Mobility’ components. Each component is split into ‘Standard’ and ‘Enhanced’ rates and a claimant’s award is based on the number of points they receive.
The tribunal hearings stated that more points should be given for psychological sufferers in the Mobility Group and more points in the Daily Living Group for those who have to take medication and monitor their condition. The increased allocation for some claimants would bump them up from the Standard to the Enhanced rate and see their weekly entitlement amount increase.
The proposed changes are expected to cost the Treasury £3.7 billion by 2020 but the Government has ruled out the change. This is despite the Government failing to consult its own Social Security Advisory Committee.
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:
“This Government’s stance on PIP is symptomatic of the utter contempt in which the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people of the UK are held.
“The findings of two High Court tribunals have effectively been tossed in the trash and in a further insult to democracy, MPs will get no meaningful vote on the proposals put forward.
“There are 2,336 claimants of PIP in Edmonton and in the Government’s eyes, the struggles brought about to their daily lives by their health conditions are not worth legislating for.
“The DWP has admitted themselves that those set to miss out will be those who have learning difficulties and those who suffer from anxiety and dementia. This directly contradicts the Government’s own stated aim of ensuring parity of esteem for mental and psychological health”.
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