Regulatory Reform Committee

Session 2002-03            12 February 2003


Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Schemes under section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) Order 2003

On 10 December 2002 the Government laid before Parliament a proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Schemes under Section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) Order 2003 under the procedure laid down by the Regulatory Reform Act. The proposed regulatory reform order would amend section 129 of the Housing Act 1988 by removing the requirement for local housing authorities in England to obtain approval from the Secretary of State where they wish to operate a scheme providing for payments to assist tenants in obtaining other accommodation.  Such a scheme is known as a cash incentive scheme.

The Committee has considered the proposal in accordance with its Standing Order.  It understands that the proposal will be revised before a draft order is laid before the House.  On the evidence before it, therefore, the Committee intends to recommend that the proposal should be amended before a draft order is laid before the House.  A substantial amount of the 60-day period for Parliamentary consideration still remains, during which the Committee may yet receive further representations. It will therefore make its formal recommendation to the House on the proposal at a later stage.

The Committee’s full report will be published as its Seventh Report of the current Session, HC 436, at 2.00 pm on 13 February.  The Report will be available from all Stationery Office outlets. It will also be available on the Committee’s website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication.