Good News from PHOJC
AFTER TWO POSTPONEMENTS DUE TO THE PASSING OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN. THE RESIGNATION OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND RAIL STRIKES. COULD ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN TO CHANGE OUR ARRANGEMENTS. WELL, YES IT COULD .
Whilst we are very grateful to Sir Christopher Chope OBE MP for the success of his Private Members Bill to change RPI to CPI - we did not expect it to pass all stages in less than three minutes. This is wonderful news and all that really lies ahead is Royal Assent. However, the presentation to the Prime Minister, Rally Banners depicting RPI to CPI and all arrangements for the meeting have now had to be changed.
BUT NOT TO BE BEATEN, WE HAVE DONE IT and our rally and meeting goes ahead with the FOCUS ON THE 10% COMMISSION CHARGE THAT THE PARK HOME OWNERS JUSTICE CAMPAIGN HAS CAMPAIGNED FOR SINCE 2014.
It is wonderful that at last residents in England will enjoy a CPI increase to their pitch fees and at our meeting in Westminster we will strongly push for it to be fast tracked to ROYAL ASSENT. The fact that we have come this far is testament to residents and MPs working together. Whilst Sir Christopher has played his part well, you, the park home residents have also played your part by pressurizing government with copious amounts of letters and our President, Sir Peter Bottomley MP has asked questions in Parliament and written to the Secretary of State. I THINK IT IS ONLY FAIR TO SAY THAT WE HAVE ALL ACHIEVED THIS TOGETHER.
On Monday 28th November. PHOJC will rally in London. Present the giant-sized letter below to the Prime Minister and attend and have our say at a meeting in the Palace of Westminster. We will do our utmost to bring about the much needed change in the 10% Commission Charge. A charge that affects every park home resident in the land.
Best wishes Sonia
The National Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign
President: Sir Peter Bottomley MP Father of the House of Commons
Founder & lead: Sonia McColl OBE
Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak MP
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Dear Prime Minister
As you will appreciate, our enclosed giant letter has now been superseded by the outcome of Sir Christopher
Chope OBE MP’s Private Member’s Bill and we respectfully ask that you please ensure that it moves to
Royal Assent with almost the same speed that it cleared the necessary stages.
This again has proved how well things can progress when MPs and Park Home Residents work together. Sir
Christopher has played his part well and we are grateful – but we must not forget the PHOJC Campaign that
brought this matter to the fore. Thousands of Park Home Residents who wrote individually to you and their
constituency MP and the work of our President, Father of the House of Commons Sir Peter Bottomley MP,
who will be chairing the meeting of Park Home Residents in the Palace of Westminster on the 28 th
The emphasis of our Rally and Meeting will now centre on the 10% Commission Charge that is paid to the
site owner on the sale of a home owner’s home. This can only be likened to theft of equity and a windfall to the site owner who does absolutely nothing to earn it.
Of course, we understand that site owners do not want to lose this free source of revenue – but the outcome is that the home owner is trapped, for they can only purchase something of lesser quality after parting with their hard-earned equity. Indeed, if they should have to sell their home to move into care, it seriously reduces the amount and quality of care they can afford.
Since 2014, the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign have lobbied for an Independent Review of the
10% Charge and are pleased that Government tasked the University of Liverpool to undertake this.
However, we want and need you to understand that again the home owner – through no fault of their own –
were disadvantaged. Yes, a few gave their verbal objections and reasoning through small focus groups that were arranged – but they were unable to compete with the figures or that put forward by business and the
site owners trade body.
Therefore, we ask you to please make your decision in the light of fairness. When the site owner initially sells the home, he makes a substantial profit between the purchase and selling price. Then, every time that home is sold, the site owner makes 10% profit on his own profit margin!! How can that be fair? Those rallying today are pensioners. Many are vulnerable and hail from all parts of our country. They could ill afford the travel costs to London on their fixed incomes – but their journey is fuelled by anger.
Please will you ensure that when your government’s decision is given; notice is taken of the points above and fairness applied.
Sonia McColl OBE
On behalf of The National Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign and 31,441petitioners.
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