Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Wednesday 21st September 2022

 TWO VERY IMPORTANT UPDATES.  from Sonia

1.  

Due to the passing of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 - our RPI to CPI and 10% Commission Charge Rally date has been changed from the 19th September to the 24th October.  The presentation to Downing Street will still go ahead, and the meeting in Committee Room 10 in the Palace of Westminster (where residents can have their say on the above subjects) will commence at 2.15pm.

Even if you cannot attend in London, you can help by sending the letter at the bottom of this page to the Prime Minister at Downing Street  and sending the Press Release to your local media.


It is you the residents of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign who have brought about the promised change from RPI to CPI and the review of the 10% Commission Charge.  If the letter that has been sent out by the Park Owners Royale Life is anything to go by - it looks as though they are preparing for any possible change that the Government might make to the 10% Commission Charge.

2.

Along with others, I received a letter - sent out by Royale Parks - from a PHOJC member on Saturday.  I have since sent it to William Tandoh at the Department of Levelling Up and will be bringing it up at the next APPG meeting. 

However,  Tony Turner of PHPF has also written - below in blue -  an excellent warning piece on the content of that letter - which I am pleased to post.  SO PLEASE TAKE HEAD.  YOUR SITE OWNER MAY WELL DO THE SAME THING.  PLEASE DON'T SIGN ANYTHING.

All Park Home residents should be be aware of the below in case the same or similar proposal lands on on your own doorstep.

CALLING ALL `ROYALE LIFE` RESIDENTS


PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH EVERY `ROYALE LIFE` PARK

As all residents should already know, the government commissioned a report on the anticipated impact upon residents and ownerships of any change that might be made to the so-called `sales commission`that is usually levied at 10% of the selling price of a home. The government has yet to publish its findings or intentions, although it is hoped that this will be well before the end of this year.


 MEANWHILE, whilst Wyldecrest Parks have been busy entrapping the unwitting with Agreements reserving the right to increase pitch fees if the commissions are reduced or abolished by the government, , another operator `Royal Life` is now seeking to seduce their own residents with an offer to replace their Written Statements` that would forgo the commission payments in return for monthly increases in pitch fees of £200.00, describing the proposal as a `consultation to which residents who wish to swop their existing contracts should respond by 19th October 2022` the company says that this follows enquiries about changes from their residents which I doubt, more likely in what is an incestous market increasingly controlled by undesirable operators, looking for ways in which the Mobile Homes Act can be circumnavigated, where similar moves can now be expected by others. NO-ONE should agree to forfeit their current Agreement for another and all Park Home residents should be on the alert.


 Of course, the motivations are transparent. Clearly concerned that the commission percentage may be reduced, the objective is to contractually bind home-owners into paying an additional £2,400 per annum, that at each subsequent annual review will then be subject to the prevailing inflationary index. To example: where Royale Life residents are currently paying £237.50p per month and this year the relevant RPI factor is, say, 10%, the total payable for the forthcoming year would be £261.25p. However, under the newly proposed Agreement, the monthly pitch fee would become £437.50p and if the same inflationary factor were to apply in the second year this would bring monthly pitch fee to £481.25p, annually compounded thereafter. Moving forward, if the subsequent annual inflationary index over the next three years averaged 5%, after year five, the monthly pitch fee would be £556, not that many years later those pitch fees far exceeding the forfeiture of any sales commissions whatever the percentage may be.


FURTHER WARNINGS:

I have previously come across Park owners who have told residents that they need not worry about the costs of pitch fees, because if they become unaffordable they can apply to their council for means-tested housing benefit - However, no reliance should be placed upon any such assurances as at any time, the government could cap the amount of those benefits, leaving residents who agree to change their contracts with a potentially significant shortfalls. Other considerations include the possible sale of a home, where the higher the pitch fees the much slower are less likely the sale – and where compounded over future years, finding a buyer may eventually be close to impossible. Also remember, that if the sales commission is reduced – or even eventually abolished, anyone who has entered into such Agreements will seriously regret having conceded to the change.


 DON`T BUY INTO IT !


There is only one reason that park owners look to offer replacement Agreements and that is to secure yet more money, driven only by common greed, hoping that the less aware or the more vulnerable will fall for it. For all these reasons, NO-ONE should agree to change their current contracts and EVERYONE should do their very best to ensure that vulnerable occupiers are not persuaded to do so. If you are approached with such a proposal, our best possible advice is not to respond to the invitation in any way.

MORE ABOUT ROYALE LIFE:

The company now boasts of operating around 80 parks but have previously been the subject of controversy as highlighted in a debate in 2019 upon which we reported at the time, when

Sir Christopher Chope MP ( Chair of the APPG for Park Homes, referred to the Fit & Proper person criteria and said as follows:

“ I am sceptical about my hon. Friend’s earlier point about the fit and proper person test. I will illustrate my scepticism by referring to the controlling director of Royale Parks Ltd. Robert Lee Jack Bull, born in May 1977, was appointed as the director of Royale Parks Ltd on 7 September 2018. Directly or indirectly, he holds between 25% and 50% of the shares and voting rights in that company, which is part of a complex group of companies. The information that I have seen from Companies House suggests that Mr Bull is the director of no fewer than 74 companies, which between them have assets of about £80 million and liabilities of about £110 million. Royale Parks Ltd controls 75% or more of the shares and voting rights in some of those subsidiary companies, such as Royale Parks (Dorset) Ltd. In marketing the properties, however, RoyaleLife describes itself as “a family-owned business with a heritage dating back to 1945.”


 There may be such a heritage, but what is probably not well known is that Mr Robert Lee Jack Bull was convicted at Cheltenham magistrates court on two pieces of information brought by the trading standards department, as described in the register for 10 January 2013. They are in similar terms, so I will refer only to the first one, which says:


“Between 13/08/2009 and 08/11/2009 at Gloucestershire, being a trader, engaged in a commercial practice which, by omission, was misleading under regulation 6 of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in that its factual contract omitted material Information, namely by making representations to Phillip and Mary Bentall, being average consumers, with respect to a park home, 101 Cotswold Grange Country Park, Meadow Lane, Twyning, which representations caused them to take a transactional decision namely to sell their home at 32 Quay Lane, Hanley Castle and purchase 101 Cotswold Grange Country Park which they would not otherwise have undertaken if they had known that planning permission only existed for holiday homes at Cotswold Grange Country Park and that 101 Cotswold Grange Country Park was a holiday home, not a permanent residential property, contrary to Regulation 10 of said regulations and as a result caused or was likely to cause the average consumer to take a transactional decision he would not have taken otherwise. - Contrary to regulations 10 and 13 of the…Regulations 2008.” Mr Bull was fined £4,000 on that and the other count, and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

If we go for a fit and proper person test, will Mr Bull fall foul of that test? I suspect that he would not, which shows the weakness of such a test. That is why I express openly my scepticism about it, but I think that if my constituents, certainly at Tall Trees, knew about Mr Bull’s background they would be very concerned, because many of them were the victims of mis-selling. They bought their park homes at Tall Trees around the same period, between 2009 and 2013, having been told that those park homes carried with them full residential rights over a 12-month period “.

THIS POST is being shared across all of our PHPF platforms. If you are a `Royale Life` resident, please also share with your neighbours - or if you are not resident and you know anyone who lives on a `Royale Life` Park, please pass this on.. If, having read the above, anyone remains in any doubt that such proposals should be avoided, contact the government sponsored Leasehold Advisory Service for Park Homes, or if you are a member of NAPHR or IPHAS, who are likely to offer the same advice – also re-emphasising our repeated message for anyone considering a move to a Park Homes: NEVER PAY A DEPOSIT OR ENTER INTO ANY FORM OF AGREEMENT WITHOUT FIRST TAKING INDEPENDENT QUALIFIED LEGAL ADVICE:

PRESS RELEASE.       PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS TO ALL SOURCES OF LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA.


'A kick in the teeth':

Furious Forgotten Pensioners representing England, Scotland and Northern Ireland march on Westminster under the banner of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign - because the Government has reneged on its four year old promise to change RPI to CPI.  Wales being the only country to enjoy CPI.

Park Home Owners  monthly pitch fees are rising by exorbitant RPI increases when their pensions rise by CPI. This dereliction of duty by Government to honour its promise could see many elderly and vulnerable residents suffer possible homelessness or even more serious consequences in these times of austerity and great hardship.

Their rally takes place on Monday 24th October at 12 noon opposite the gates of Downing Street .  A meeting - chaired by Sir Peter Bottemley, MP for Worthing, Father of the House of Commons and President of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign - follows in the Palace of Westminster at 2 15pm.  Park home residents will then have the opportunity to put questions and have their say.

All enquiries to Sonia McColl OBE

phojc1sm@gmail com.  Tel: 07903024612

Ends.


PLEASE HELP BY SENDING THE LETTER BELOW TO THE PRIME MINISTER.

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street

London SW1A 2AA

Dear Prime Minister

Firstly, may I congratulate you on your appointment.

I am a member of the Park Home Owners' JUSTICE Campaign and one of the park home owners in this country that your Government has forgotten. Four years ago, your Government promised to change the RPI to CPI as the basis for the annual pitch fee increase. You have let me, and thousands like me – down. You could easily do this in the next Finance Bill – but still you give us the same response ' when Parliamentary time allows.' Enough is now enough.

Under the banner of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign we will be rallying at Westminster on the 24th October and delivering our letter to Downing Street for your personal attention. In these austere times, when RPI is rising every day, you are condemning many park home owners to a cold miserable fate that could end in the death of some who cannot afford to live.

The only person to gain from your lack of thought, compassion and justice to park home owners is the site owner. This is a windfall for him that will increase every year. In a short while you will be wanting our votes, these will be in short supply if you do not honour your promise now.

You increase our pensions by CPI yet you expect us to pay pitch fee increases which have been calculated by linking to the higher rate of RPI. The Welsh already enjoy a CPI increase, why not residents in England and Scotland? The Father of the House, Sir Peter Bottomley has indicated this could be done in the next Finance Bill. If you won't listen to the voice of the people please will you listen to the voice of The Father of the House.

Yours sincerely

Friday, September 9, 2022

9th September 2022

 Dear All


Temporary Postponement of our Rally and Meeting in the Palace of Westminster on the 19th September.

Following on from my email of yesterday, I am sure you will agree - in this time of National mourning and the iminent funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, it would be totally disrespectful and inappropriate to rally on the 19th September and I would not be happy to even contemplate it.

I have conveyed this to Sir Peter Bottomley (the President of our JUSTICE Campaign) and please be assured Sir Peter's support for park home residents is unwavering.  He has confirmed the meeting in the House of Commons and rally will go ahead with his full support as planned at a later date.

I have arranged to speak with Sir Peter's office when the funeral is over to make the necessary arrangements and decide upon a suitable date. I will of course announce the rescheduled date as soon as I possibly can.

I am aware that many have purchased travel tickets to London.  I can only suggest that you ask for a refund - or for the train/coach service to allow you to use the tickets for the future rally date.   At the moment I am being told that due to this being an unprecedented situation, decisions on the refund of exchange dates are not clear.  They are awaiting instruction and I will call again in a few days time.  Some of you will be in touch with various persons who have agreed to sponsor coaches - please contact them with the information that I am able to send out today.

Thank you everybody for your kind consideration in this matter and I do hope you will agree with this decision.

Best wishes
Sonia.

8th September 2022

 Thank you Your Majesty 

for a lifetime of dedication to your country.  

You have the respect of us all.  

God Bless You and Rest In Peace.




Sunday, August 28, 2022

28th August 2022

  LONDON 

 

RPI TO CPI RALLY BY THE PARK HOME OWNERS JUSTICE   

 

CAMPAIGN



1.       Our official Rally Date is Monday 19th September 2022.

2.       A presentation Campaign letter regarding RPI to CPI and the 10% Commission Charge is being prepared for the Prime Minister.  Sir
          Peter's office is liaising with Downing Street and details will follow later.

3.        After our rally and delivery of our Campaign Letter to Downing Street - there will be a meeting to which you are all invited in
           Committee Room 10 at the Palace of Westminster.

This date has been decided upon because it is the only date available before the House rises on the 22nd September and the Conservative Party Conference which takes place on 2-5th October.   It is imperative that before their Party Conference, we make MP's understand the urgency of our demand that the Government honours its promise to change RPI to CPI on the pitch fee increase and delivers its decision on the 10% Commission Charge.  Enough is enough.  RPI to CPI affects every park home owner in the country and the 10% commission is the most hated charge. We want action and we want it NOW.  

Our President, Sir Peter Bottomley, who is also the Father of the House will chair the meeting.  Sir Christopher Chope MP - who has tried to bring forward a Private Members Bill  regarding RPI to CPI has also been invited  to attend and speak.  The meeting room has been booked for one hour and there will be ample time for the park home owners to have their say and ask questions on this cause that we have campaigned for.  

If we are to believe the news, RPI could rise substantially to even 18% or more - and the only winner is the Site Owners.  Government must hastily honour their promise and reduce this to CPI.  As our meeting and rally takes place before the Party Conference begins.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CONSTITUENCY MP AND ASK THEM TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN COMMITTEE ROOM 10 AND BRING PRESSURE TO BARE AT THE PARTY CONFERENCE.

The timetable for our Rally day will be:

12.noon                        All Park Home Owners to meet at the enclosed black railings opposite the gates of Downing Street with their                                                    Banners. 

A Press Release will be put out.  LKP, the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership will help us with coverage.  Photographers and TV news teams will be informed and I hope you will have the opportunity  to give your views.

12.30                            Is the time that we hope to make the Presentation to Downing Street.  (I will confirm later but this will not
                                     interfere with our rally.

Only a small party is allowed to enter Downing Street.  Therefore, Sir Peter and a small party will deliver a letter from the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign on the subject of RPI to CPI and the 10% Commission Charge for the personal attention of the Prime Minister.

12.45                            Our rally will walk - with banners - to the Palace of Westminster.

Please keep to the pavement on this short Rally walk to Westminster.  Marshals will be in attendance.  Before going through security at the Palace of Westminster, we will have to dispose of our banners as they are not allowed inside of the Palace.  The Marshals will ask the Police at the Palace where they can be put.  Please place them where the Marshals direct - and remember to collect them when you leave the Palace. 

1.15 to 1.45 pm.   Our rally will make its way through security at the Palace.  

Please remember that any sharp objects  that you may be carrying will be taken from you before you are allowed to enter the Palace.

Refreshments and Toilets.

Once inside Westminster Hall, there is a cafe that is located to your right  (which you may wish to use after the meeting) and toilet facilities.

Meeting in Committee Room 10

At 2.15  it will be time to move to Committee Room 10.  I will be there to direct you but would be grateful if you could please keep together.  There will be stairs to climb, so please give yourself plenty of time.  There is a lift for anyone who needs assistance.  If this applies to you, please ask one of the security persons in the Palace to help you.

The meeting will commence at: approx: 2.30pm

The meeting will end at:  approx: 3.30pm

Please allow 30 minutes to exit the Palace for your journey home.  It is very busy around Westminster but there are many taxis that you can hail to take you to the various transport stations.  Warning. Please do not use the bicycle transport that is available - it will cost you a fortune.

Parking of Mini Buses
If you are travelling in a mini bus, I am told that the best place to park is on the Embankment.  Usually your driver will know about this.

Dress Code.
Our JUSTICE Campaign has always been respectful of people and places.  As we are very privileged to have a Committee Room allocated to us in the Palace, please can we adopt a smart casual appearance and if possible, no jeans please.


THINGS FOR YOU TO DO. 

 PLEASE RESPOND EARLY TO ENSURE YOUR PLACE as there is a limit to the amount that can be seated in Westminster.

1.      Would you please let me know by return, the names of people that definitely want to attend. I will reply to you all after the bank
          holiday.

2.      Please give me the name of your Park and the county that it is in.

3.     Would you please make your own banners to reflect  our RPI to CPI situation and our four year wait to get
         justice - and of course the 10% commission charge.

4.      Would you please contact your own constituency MP and ask them to attend the meeting in Committee
         Room  10  and air your views to the Government at the Party Conference.

5.      Please inform your local press and regional TV station of our rally and its cause.  I will be sending out a
         Press Release and inviting TV and Radio - but we need all the help that we can get. 
         PLEASE PLAY YOUR PART.

Because RPI to CPI affects every park home owner in the land,  I have had a meeting with SCOPHRA (Scottish Confederation of Park Home Residents Associations) who I am pleased to report are supporting us and asking their Scottish MPs/MSPs to attend the meeting and make the Scottish resident's feelings known to the Government.

I will  need two Marshals to help on the day.  If you would be prepared to help with this very important job and have a yellow hi viz jacket.  Would you please contact Sonia at phojc1sm@gmail.com

I will write to you all again with any further updates, but would be grateful if you could please make your banners, galvanise support from your parks and bring as many as you can to the rally.

This is the only chance we have to do something that will positively affect every park home owner in the land.  I appreciate that not all people can travel to London - but you can still help.  If you are unable to attend the Rally, please write to your MP.  Inform them of the Rally and that it has taken four years and Government have still not honoured their promise to change RPI to CPI.  Remind them that the only people who are winning in this situation is the Site Owner and demand that change is done NOW.  Most importantly, ask them to represent you at the meeting in Committee Room 10 on the 19th September and make your feelings known to Government at the Party Conference.

Our President, Sir Peter Bottomley MP has written a strong letter to the Secretary of State.  Our campaign needs you to inundate the office of the Prime Minister with your demands for this change.

A sample letter that you may wish to send is laid out below.

Best Wishes and thank you
Sonia

PRIME MINISTER'S ADDRESS.   10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA


Dear Prime Minister

I am a member of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign and one of the Park Home Owners in this country that your Government has forgotten.  Four years ago, your Government promised to change the RPI to CPI increase on my pitch fee.  You have let me - and thousands like me - down.  You could easily do this in the next Finance Bill - but still you give us the same speal "when parliamentary time allows."  Enough is now enough. 

 Under the banner of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign, we will be rallying at Westminster on the 19th September and delivering our letter to Downing Street for your personal attention.  In these austere times, when RPI is rising every day, you are condemning park home owners to a cold miserable fate that could end in the death of some who can not afford to live.  

The only person to gain from your lack of thought, compassion and justice to park home owners is the site owner.  This is a windfall for him that will increase every year.  In a short while you will be wanting our votes - these will be in short supply if you do not honour your promise now.  

You increase our pensions by CPI and yet you expect us to  increase  our pitch fees by RPI.  The Welsh already enjoy a CPI increase to their pitch fee.  Why can you not make it fair  and do the same for England and Scotland.  The Father of the House, Sir Peter Bottomley has indicated that this could be done in the next Finance Bill.  If you won't listen to the voice of the people - please will you listen to the voice of The Father of the House.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Monday 16th August 2022

 Dear Justice Campaign Member


RPI to CPI.   IT COULD BE TIME FOR ANOTHER SHOW OF STRENGTH

Please see below the link to the minutes of the last APPG meeting.  You will see that our President, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, brought up quite forcefully the RPI to CPI subject at the last APPG meeting.  I am writing to Sir Peter regarding a way forward because enough is enough.  Things are now way beyond a joke.  We have waited four years for Government to honour their promise and residents need action now.  The only ones to profit - as usual - are the site owners who are now gaining another RPI windfall.  This windfall will stay on the pitch fee and increase every year - which is downright scandalous.

If no concrete answer is received when Parliament returns. I think we must show our strength and rally again.  Get the media involved and make arrangements to take this to the new PM at Downing Street and have a meeting in the Palace of Westminster.

Of course, arrangements will have to be made and I will get back to you all when I have spoken to Sir Peter.  Parliament returns and the way forward is clear.  It will take some organisation - but we have done it before and can do it again.

Tentatively, please email me at phojc1sm@gmail.com if you are prepared to come to London to rally.

Best wishes to you all and watch this space if we do not get action.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday 30th July 2022

 29th July 2022


Dear All

My apology for not writing sooner, but I wanted to wait until there was positive news to bring.


Over the past weeks, our President Sir Peter Bottomley MP - who is the Father of the House - has raised the subjects that are close to our hearts in Parliament and in a written format to the relevant Ministers.  A copy of this newsletter will be sent to Sir Peter and I know you will be happy for me to pass on your thanks for all that he has done behind the scenes.

However, you the members have also played an equally important part by writing to your own constituency MPs regarding:

1.   The Government's promised change of RPI to CPI on the pitch fee increase    


2.   The decision by Government on the 10% Commission Charge


3.   The £400 energy payment that appeared to exclude park home owners.


I have also been doing what I could in the background and today I received the letter below from Mr. Tandoh in the Department of Levelling Up.  As you will see, it brings good news on the £400 energy payment.

Good morning Sonia,

We’ve been working with BEIS about extending the rebate to park home and can confirm that it will include park homes. is an extract from the press release published today at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/400-energy-bills-discount-to-support-households-this-winter

“As part of this package, we are confirming today that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1% of households who will not be reached through the EBSS. This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents. An announcement with details on how and when these households across Great Britain can access this support will be made this Autumn.”


I hope this is helpful

Regards

William Tandoh

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  

I know of the many residents who have targeted their own MPs to bring about the Government's promised change from RPI to CPI.  This is so important and we must keep it up.  Sir Christopher Chope and Sir Peter Bottomley have also been very active on our behalf - because they know how important this and the 10% Commission Charge is and how high it remains on our agenda. 


I have also written to the Department of Leveling Up and asked questions regarding RPI to CPI and the 10% Commission charge.  I have done this to keep applying pressure and to give you information that is straight from the Department.


 I have copied the answers to my questions below.

RPI TO CPI

Answer to my question by the Department

The Government remains committed to change the RPI to CPI and will do so when the parliamentary timetable allows. I believe in your campaign letters, you suggest that the changes should be introduced through a Private Members Bill (PMB). Though this is an option, it will also depend on parliamentary time available. There is further information on PMBs at https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2022/may-2022/private-members-bill-ballot-19-may-2022/ which you may find helpful.


As members of our JUSTICE Campaign, you have all campaigned and worked hard to bring about the promised change from RPI to CPI and the Independent Review of the 10% Commission.  What you have done has worked - but we can't stop until we have the answers.


The only way to get this and a satisfactory outcome is to apply continued pressure.  When the Government returns in September, please continue to press your constituency MP - over the summer break - to call for RPI to CPI to be changed quickly.  Explain how the rising inflation rate is causing devastation to you and your family.  How in these austere times when food, fuel and energy is rising, this Government ( who has dragged its heels on this matter for four years ) is forcing you to pay high inflation on your pitch fee - and the only person who benefits is the site owner.  This situation is an utter disgrace and Government are letting it happen.  We can do something about it, but only by taking positive action and putting your head above the parapet.   


Many residents have written to me, asking if they should not pay the next pitch fee.  Obviously, that is your choice - but if you don't have a bonafide reason for doing so (other than the inflation rate) you will be breaking the law.  The site owner is allowed to raise the pitch fee by RPI. He can take you to a tribunal or court if you withhold it without good reason - and he will win.  Government is letting this happen and we must take continued action.


10% Commission Charge

The answer to my questions that I received from the Department


Following the publication of the research report on 16 June, the Government will consider the report and recommendations in more detail and publish a response in due course. The Department is unable to confirm at this stage when the detailed consideration of the report will be concluded.


As with RPI to CPI, Government are dragging their heels again.  This is nothing more than legal robbery of your equity. Please target and pressurise your own constituency MP to push for the Government to make a decision quickly for a change to the 10% Commission Charge.

                

Our JUSTICE Campaign is lucky to have a good relationship with Westminster and one thing I would ask is that as PHOJC members, you only contact and pressurise your own constituency MP.  Please do not bombard other MPs with letters or emails because they have shown an interest in these subjects which are so important to us.  They get inundated with emails/letters and will tell you themselves that there is a rule in Parliament that they only deal with mail from their own constituents.


I will continue to do all that I can with the contacts that I have.  I will push it out to the media and at the APPG (all party parliamentary group for park homes) meetings, I will continue to voice it loudly.


The last meeting of the APPG was in May 2022.  I will post the draft minutes of the meeting when they are available.


Park-HELP-line

It was with a heavy heart that I had to close down the Park Help Line that has - for six years - brought answers, help, hope and comfort to so many park home residents.

This was done because since the Government decided to sponsor LEASE as the Advisory Service to park home residents - we had become an unpaid intermediary to LEASE.  Not only could I not allow our sponsor Paul Baker to continue to pay for the telephones - but it was very disconcerting to our wonderful volunteer operators to refer residents to LEASE, only to have them call us back, reporting that LEASE had not really helped them.  Therefore our unique service that I believe could not be replicated was almost forced to close.  However, I personally want to thank the seven wonderful selfless operators (who always wanted to remain anonymous) for the fantastic work they did - and of course I thank Paul Baker of PB Insurance for sponsoring the telephones.  


Many residents may have already heard the BH & HPA ( the industries trade body) has a new Director General.   He attended the last APPG meeting and we shall have to wait to see how he performs.


There is a new petition regarding water meters that you may wish to sign.  This can be found on the Park Home Policy Forums facebook page.


You can keep up to date with all JUSTICE campaign news  on our web site at www.parkhomeownersjusticecampaign.co.uk


Best wishes to you all and I hope you have a lovely summer break.


Sonia.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Friday 29th July 2022

 Good morning Sonia,

We’ve been working with BEIS about extending the rebate to park home and can confirm that it will include park homes. is an extract from the press release published today at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/400-energy-bills-discount-to-support-households-this-winter

“As part of this package, we are confirming today that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1% of households who will not be reached through the EBSS. This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents. An announcement with details on how and when these households across Great Britain can access this support will be made this Autumn.”

I hope this is helpful

Regards

William

William Tandoh

Park Homes and Non Traditional Tenures

Private Rented Sector Division

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  

3rd Floor,| Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London  SW1P 

Wednesday 21st September 2022

 TWO VERY IMPORTANT UPDATES.  from Sonia 1.   Due to the passing of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 - our RPI to CPI and 10% Commission ...