Share your experiences for a Parliamentary debate on the availability of affordable housing in Devon and Cornwall

A correspondent has drawn Owl’s attention to this Westminster Hall debate next week, to make an input you need to act quickly:

Share your experiences for a Westminster Hall debate ukparliament.shorthandstories.com

Wednesday 27 April, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

On Wednesday 27 April, Selaine Saxby MP is leading a Westminster Hall debate on the availability of affordable housing in Devon and Cornwall.

To inform her debate, she wants to hear from those living in, or near the region about their experiences:

Link to online survey here

Apart from giving your name, email and postcode, there are only three questions:

  1.   How have you, or those you know been affected by the availability of affordable housing in Devon and Cornwall?
  1.   What consequences do you think a lack of availability of affordable housing will have in the future if left unresolved?
  1.   Do you have any additional comments or suggestions on this topic?

The deadline for submissions is midday, Tuesday 26 April.

Introducing the debate, she gave the following statement:

“With summer fast approaching, the lack of affordable housing and the effect of short term holiday lets and second homes in tourist hotspots such as Devon and Cornwall is only likely to get worse.

“While tourism is essential to our economy, a balance is needed, and many people are cautious about the consequences of excessive holiday lets and second homes in our communities.

“Local people are the biggest victims when it comes to availability of affordable housing and private rentals, and action needs to be taken.

“I hope this debate can explore the impact the lack of affordable housing has on locals, and the potential solutions to this problem.

“Your experience of housing in Devon and Cornwall would provide an invaluable insight to the debate.”

The deadline for submissions is midday, Tuesday 26 April.

How it works

How to watch the debate:

Links to watch the debate and read the transcript will be added to this page (see link above) as soon as they are available from Wednesday 27 April.

What is a Westminster Hall Debate?

Westminster Hall debates take place in the Grand Committee Room in the House of Commons.

They give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister. 

Debates in Westminster Hall take place on ‘general debate’ motions expressed in neutral terms. These motions are worded ‘That this House has considered [a specific matter]’.  

How Parliament works: Westminster Hall debates.

How your contributions are shared

In these exercises, members of the public who may have experience or understanding of the debate topic are invited to contribute.

Their responses are passed on to the MP leading the debate, who may refer to them directly in their speeches.

You can see previous examples further down the page.

What happens next?

If you shared your email in the survey, we’ll send you an update after the debate with links to watch it, read the transcript, and information about the Government’s response.

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