Park Home Residents News
NEWSLETTER MARCH 2018
We would like to start this newsletter by informing you that Mr Jim Winchester has retired from his position with NAPHR after more than 30 years of guiding and advising Park Home residents of their rights. I am sure that you all will join us in wishing him well in his retirement along with our sincere thanks for his tireless work over many years.
Thank you, Jim from us all. In addition to the above we also wish to thank his granddaughter Anna-Marie who assisted Jim in his work who has also retired from NAPHR.
A RESIDENTS MEETING IS TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 18th APRIL 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at:
Meeting Point House, Town Centre, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4HS
Please attend if you can. (Tea & Coffee will be supplied free of charge)
Further to the above we have had to recruit and appoint a new Membership Secretary who is Mrs Beryl Haywood and is doing an excellent job. She may well contact some of you for information to up-date the system, which will help us to help you so please be patient if your membership information is a bit slow reaching you at this time of change. Thank you. Beryl’s details will be at the end of this Newsletter.
DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY POLICIES
We as an Association are duty bound to inform you that the personal information that you give to NAPHR either directly or via your local Coordinator is covered by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). This means that we will store your information securely and will not use it for any purpose other than to communicate with you. Should any of your contact details change please remember to let our Membership Secretary know so that she can ensure that our records are kept up-to-date and accurate. Should we need to use your information for any other purpose we will ask you for your written authority.
All the above are legal requirements which also apply to Park Residents’ Associations or any organisations as keepers of other people’s personal information. So, make sure that you do not fall in breach of the law by misusing information that is entrusted to you.
Following the Government re-shuffle there are changes that affect us as follows:
The DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government) is now called the MHCLG (Ministry of Housing/Communities and Local Government).
THE RELEVANT MINISTERS ARE:
- Sajid Javid MP – Secretary of State for MHCLG.
- Dominic Raab MP – Minister of State for Housing.
- Heather Wheeler MP – Under Secretary of State (Minister for Housing and Homelessness) which covers Mobile Homes.
The promised Government review of the 2013 Mobile Homes Act has taken place. This was done in two parts. The first, Part 1 took place in April 2017 with responses for Part 2 made by February 2018. The process has been slowed by the work of Brexit taking priority. We have made submissions to both Parts of the Review and we will inform you of any changes which may occur.
We have had calls stating that NAPHR has finished. I can assure you that it hasn’t. It is untrue gossip.
NAPHR’s new web-site address is www.naphr.co.uk.
Membership Secretary: –
Mrs Beryl Haywood, 9 Hollins Drive, Quatford, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QJ
PITCH FEE REVIEW INFLATIONARY INDEX
The RPI figures that have been used for some considerable time are no longer an official statistic, as stated by Government Statistical Office, and therefore they use the more accurate statistic of the CPI which is the consumer price index. As we are consumers it must be the correct method used.
Further it is a known fact that a very large majority of park home residents only have incomes from pensions which only increase by CPI. Therefore, it cannot be fair or reasonable for pitch fees to increase by the higher rated retail price index.
NAPHR has brought this to the attention of Government Officials.
The January figure for RPI is 4% and for CPI is 2.7%
Brian Doick MBE
This call for evidence seeks views about the effectiveness of the Mobile Homes Act 2013.
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 made significant changes to the law on park homes. The government gave a commitment to review this in 2017. The review is in the form of a 2 part call for evidence.
Part 1 was published on 12 April 2017 and called for evidence on fairness of charges, the transparency of site ownership and on experience of harassment. A summary of responses to Part 1 has been published and is available here.
Part 2 is a call for evidence on:
- how effective local authority licensing has been.
- how well the procedures for selling mobile homes are working.
- the implementation of the pitch fee review processes.
- the implementation of the new site rules process.
- the site licensing process.
- whether “fit and proper” controls need to be applied in the sector.
- the appropriate index (CPI or RPI) to be used when carrying out a pitch fee review.
We are also seeking views on the Park Homes Working Group’s recommendations on how local authorities can be assisted further in their licensing functions.
The Consultation document is available here and the Response Form is available at this link. Part 2 Response_form. which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Park Homes Team Better Rented & Leasehold Sector Division, DCLG, 3rd Floor (NE) Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.
This consultation closes at 11:45hrs on 16th February 2018