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 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

 




Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign.

The 10% Commission Charge Report.

 I have been asked to reply to the report on the link below.

 Whilst I will of  course do this, I feel strongly that I should put forward the views of the park home residents that it will ultimately affect.

  If you have read the lengthy report below, that was sent to Government,  and have a strong view on its content.  May I ask that you please email it to Sonia at phojc1sm@gmail.com

 Please keep any replies clear and concise.

 Your replies will be treated with strict anonymity and no names - only the content - will be included in the response that I send.

 When sent, I will post my response on the Justice Campaign web site. FB pages and database.

 Best wishes and thank you

Sonia



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June 14th 2022

 

PHOJC


We have had some issues and we cannot add items to the website as it was.

There is a link at the bottom left of this page to direct you to the older posts


(OLD WEBSITE) All the links on the old website are still working


Sonia 



PHOJC is happy to post this important petition for the Park Home Policy Forum.


PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

In the big water charge `Rip-Off`, where negligent park owners pass on the costs of their own used or wasted water and are slow to respond to sometimes huge leakages, our petition is now live.
It will be presented to the House of Commons by Sheryll Murray MP ( East Cornwall ) and is likely to be well backed by others
The wording of the petition, which asks the House of Commons to support the free installation of water meters for ALL residential Park Homes on protected sites, has been approved by the Commons Petitions office and will need the active support of ALL park home residents, whether already metered or not.
Water companies already provide meters free of charge to mainstream housing and there is usually no reason for them to decline installations on Park Home estates, other than the avoidances of costs that benefit their own shareholders, whilst governments have a responsibility to ensure that everyone is treated equally.
Hopefully, in due course, this move will bring a halt to the forms of practices pursued by major operators such as Wyldecrest Parks, who have been passing on their own wasted water costs to their unmetered residents in sums of up to £130 per week ( that`s right £130 ! ) Other operators also pass on their own costs, where the OFWAT regulations remain open to obvious abuses they have themselves failed to address.
GO TO PETITION VIA THE FOLLOWING LINK >



£400 REBATE UPDATE 

There is much concern and stories are circulating that park home residents will not get this payment.  This has been brought about because the Chancellor said that every household would get the £400 grant.  However he failed to say that park home owners would not get it because they did not have an individual electricity account.

Feelings are of course understandably high - and so they should be  - but please be patient and wait for the Government's announcement because they are fully aware.  

Sir Peter Bottomley MP, the Father of the House and President of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign is strenuously behind you and has been in contact with the Secretary of State; as have many MPs.  I know I will hear from him direct with any reply and that will be passed to you immediately. 

 However, It does no harm for you to keep the pressure on and lobby your MP to add his/her voice.  

In addition, on BBC Morning Live today. They were discussing the energy support measures and said a spokesman from the Government said they are aware of the issue for park home owners and are looking at other ways of getting the payment to us. 
A further report is expected in late summer.

This payment is not due until October, so we have plenty of time.  I am sure a solution will be found - but if not, I hope you will agree, then is the time to raise our voices and do something very constructive to force change - and the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign will be fully behind it.

This whole situation is a national disgrace.  Park Home Owners have the same rights as home-owners in bricks and mortar.  But as usual, it was not thought through and no one could blame any park home resident for feeling  they are treated like second class citizens.  But your day will come.  There is strength in numbers and as mentioned above, may I ask you to bombard your MP with letters requesting them to bring this up in the house.  Perhaps also remind them that in the not too distant future they will want your vote. Along with the support that we already have, we can leave no stone unturned.  This affects us all and we will get JUSTICE - on this front and in changing RPI to CPI on our pitch fee increase.  So please continue to do your bit.

Best wishes and many thanks from Sonia


Minister, Michael Gove admits to receiving your letters.

Sir Peter Bottomly MP informs the Rt Hon. Michael Gove of Park Home Problems.  YOU WILL NOTE THE REPLY FROM MR. GOVE WHEN HE ADMITS THAT HIS DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF YOUR LETTERS.

Well done to you all for sending your letters regarding RPI to CPI.  It has been noticed.

https://www.facebook.com/sirpeterbottomleyofficial/videos/718310132740033



Please see attached letter from our President, Sir Peter Bottomley MP; sent to the Secretary of State for Energy the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP.  Secretary of State Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and the Chancellor Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP today regarding park homes.  



I will post any replies that are received.



Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Member of Parliament for Worthing West
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 0207 219 5060 email:
bottomleyp@parliament.uk

 

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Secretary of State

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1, Victoria Street

London  SW1H OET

                                                            

Dear Kwasi,

I write in connection with Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme (the grant) announced by the Chancellor on 3rd February to help domestic energy customers with the cost of rising energy bills and the inclusion of park home households in the scheme.

I note the consultation on the technical proposals for the grant concluded on 23rd May and presently your department is analysing replies with Government’s response expected later this summer.

You will agree, park home residents are among the poorest and most vulnerable in society and as energy consumers need urgent financial help and support to meet their household energy costs, in line with non-park home households.

Government recognises that households without an individually assigned energy account do not benefit from the same consumer protections as households with one.  

I ask that this anomaly be addressed as your department works assiduously to develop secure mechanisms for the distribution of the grant that will include park home households.

Contrary to Government’s intended purpose for the grant, according to founder of the Park Home Owners Justice Campaign Sonia McColl OBE, ‘many park home residents are concerned that site owners, who are invariably the energy account holder on behalf of park home residents will either receive the grant in their personal capacity, or not pass the grant in full to each park home household’.

Where this is the case, I trust your department will ensure park home households will benefit fully from the scheme.

By way of a comparable, park home households rightly benefitted from the Warm Home Discount that was strongly supported by the former Minister of State for Energy, Baroness Neville-Rolfe who you will recall said:

 ‘It’s great news that this scheme is now accessible to a broader range of people, which isan important part of our work to support low income and vulnerable households’.

 As a minority group, park home residents must not be forgotten.

Yours sincerely,   

 Sir Peter Bottomley MP

 Father of the House

 

Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform

Vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Park Homes


ANOTHER MP SUPPORTS THE Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign's call for the £400 grant to be given to ALL PARK HOME RESIDENTS.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02cSx938xz922UXg3E9DT2xd6CyvoDjeHxa2vbpLdeq28nLUXmg5d5PSMSweWBh8Z4l&id=100012263226807&sfnsn=scwspmo 


 AND STILL MORE MP's support for our call for the £400 energy grant.  Please see Dr Ben Spencer MP's letter to the Chancellor on the link below. 




 




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...