The Government still has no idea what it’s going to cost community and voluntary groups to get a waiver from the fees police will charge to carry out checks on their staff and volunteers, says Labour’s Community and Voluntary spokesperson Poto Williams.
“In answers to written questions it’s clear that Minister Woodhouse has no answers about the costs. He doesn’t know what sort of staff resources will be needed and just what the appeal process will be for people who lose waiver decisions.
National’s decision to ignore the concerns of charities will see the voluntary sector face hundreds of thousands of dollars in new costs if the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill passes, says Labour's Community and Voluntary Sector spokesperson Poto Williams.
“National’s proposal to start charging charities and voluntary organisations for police background checks on staff and volunteers is deeply unpopular with the sector.
Labour is urging tenants to use a little known rule which gives them the right to live in damp-free rental homes.
Otago University researchers have today highlighted the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 as a way tenants can force landlords to fix unhealthy houses, Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams says.
The fact so few landlords have taken up the generous taxpayer subsidy for retrofitting shows it is time to legislate minimum standards, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams.
“Many landlords aren’t using Government insulation schemes because they don’t want to overcapitalise on cheap houses. EECA statistics show that fewer than 14 per cent of properties using insulation subsidies are rental properties yet over half of all uninsulated properties are rentals.
Labour is questioning whether homes proposed in a large soon-to-be-announced housing development on Christchurch Racing Club-owned land in Riccarton will be affordable.
Labour’s Associate Housing spokeswoman Poto Williams has been leaked information that the developer will be Ngai Tahu and the Government is expected to pass empowering legislation to enable the use of the land held by the Racing Club for almost 100 years.
Labour's Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams says the Government's short term housing announcement for Canterbury is a case of too little, too late.
"At least it amounts to an acknowledgement by the Government that there is a housing crisis caused by the snails' pace of the residential rebuild. But housing for 30 families falls woefully short of the need for short term emergency housing.