Derek Thomas MP in Parliament

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  • Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness (21 May 2019)
    Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the number of people with mental health problems on social housing waiting lists.
  • Backbench Business: Unhealthy Housing: Cost to the NHS — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (26 Feb 2019)
    Derek Thomas: ...the money to improve our homes. As of January, we have improved 1,085 homes and taken them out of fuel poverty altogether by securing various bits of money from all sorts of funds, including social landlords. As I say, it is an urgent issue. In particular, I credit Anthony Ball and his public health team at Cornwall Council for leading on the issue and for their great expertise on how to...
  • Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...homes, and I have three asks that I think could help. The first relates to the use of existing stock. It is still the case, even in west Cornwall, that many properties are not lived in. They are not second homes or holiday lets; they are literally abandoned. I would like the Department and the Chancellor to consider ways of giving councils the incentive to refurbish them to provide homes...
  • Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...constituents, and it is the biggest issue in my casework and my surgeries. The key message that came out of my conversations with the campaigners was that the Government need to look at the issue of holiday lets and second homes. Those homes were built for people to live in. They are used for perfectly reasonable purposes such as providing accommodation for people on holiday, but as a...
  • Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...and Scilly—to the local economy, through the jobs it provides and through all the contributions that allow our high streets to have a fighting chance of survival—and I recognise the role that holiday lets play in supporting the sector. I am not seeking to oppress the tourism sector but to install some fairness in the housing system and identify some much-needed cash that can be used to...
  • Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...local communities and a fair society. I am also asking the Government to see what powers local authorities can be given to collect an additional council tax premium of up to an additional 100% from second homes that would be ring-fenced for investment in local housing stock. These powers are already available to authorities for empty homes and it may be sensible to extend them to second...
  • Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double). The other additional benefit of applying council tax to every property is that communities like St Ives and Mousehole, which have a large number of holiday lets, could benefit from simplified and inclusive waste collection. Currently, because of the concern that the users of second homes in places like St Ives are abusing the system and...
  • Council Tax and Second Homes (26 Jun 2018)
    Derek Thomas: I clarify that I am talking about second homes that are not available for let. There are properties where I live that are owned by people who might live not far from here in Westminster and who go to Cornwall for a few weeks a year as a holiday. That is absolutely fine, and they choose to contribute a great deal to the local community, but what I am proposing is that the Government look at...
  • Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...of pounds a year, unexpected and unplanned for. We are currently trying to discover why this has been the case. In St Ives, we have seen the rate re-evaluation, high rents often charged by absent landlords, and a quick rotation of businesses that come into town thinking that St Ives is the place to be in business and will pay whatever rent is asked for. For several stores, that has led to...
  • Street Homelessness — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)
    Derek Thomas: ...recognise that homelessness is a complex issue and can be solved only by everyone working together—including the police, local authority, voluntary sector, health and social care providers and landlords. It is true that house building must take place. We have not seen a significant amount of house building, and I am not yet aware of any scheme that is deliberately looking at how we can...
  • Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tenants: Taxation (22 Mar 2017)
    Derek Thomas: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the tenant tax on private landlords in terms of (a) rental income and (b) property standards.
  • Smart Metering: Electricity and Gas — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (9 Feb 2017)
    Derek Thomas: ...bring for them. Prepay customers pay more for their energy, and they pay up front. Some of the people I meet have no choice; they are in properties that belong to other people. When I talk to social landlords, they see the roll-out of smart meters as an opportunity to help their tenants to reduce their bills and manage their finances more easily. What we are finding is that they are not...
  • Employment for People with Disabilities — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Jul 2016)
    Derek Thomas: ...working with people who have all sorts of challenges, including disabilities and mental health conditions. It is particularly refreshing that in my constituency, which has 1,030 empty homes—not second homes or holiday homes, but abandoned homes—and people who desperately need family homes, Rebuild South West is working with owners to bring the homes back into use and using vulnerable...

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