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Newsletter 2021

10 September 2022ENERGY PRICE CAP

Good news.  There will be provision for the energy price cap to be extended to park home residents. as indicated below.  The detail is taken from Uswitch.

Is the price guarantee a cap on bills?

No, it’s a limit on the amount you can be charged per unit of gas and electricity. For the average household, this equates to a £2,500 annual bill, based on typical energy usage. Bear in mind your bill could be more or less expensive depending on your energy usage.

Who qualifies for the price guarantee?

The new cap will apply to all energy customers, including customers on standard variable - or default - tariffs, as well as those on fixed tariffs. Customers on heating oil, living in park homes, or on heat networks will also benefit.

Will the original discount on energy bills still apply?

Yes. The £400 payment to all homes will continue. Additional support, including the £650 payment to those on benefits such as Universal Credit, the £300 payment to pensioners, and the £150 rebate for those with disabilities will also go ahead.

 

21 August 2022PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

MSP Alex Burnett (Con. West Aberdeenshire), a strong supporter of the rights of Park Hom Residents undertook to raise a number of parliamentary questions to the Scottish Government Minister, Patrick Harvie regarding current issues affecting us.

Alex has received replies which are not so satisfactory and is planning a further set of questions for clarification.

We reproduce the questions and answers below.

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

WRITTEN ANSWER

16 August 2022

Index Heading: Communities

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government whether a Fit and Proper Person Test for park owners and managers will be introduced, and, if so, when this will take place.S6W-0999

Patrick Harvie: The Scottish Government introduced a fit and proper person test as part of the Mobile Home Site Licencing Scheme, set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 and introduced in 2017. The fit and proper person test applies to all site licence holders, site owners and anyone directly managing a site.

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

WRITTEN ANSWER

16 August 2022

Index Heading: Communities

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government when data will be gathered from local authorities on park home residential licences.

S6W-0999

Patrick Harvie: The Scottish Government plans to gather information on implementation of the Site Licencing Scheme from Local Authorities in due course, to inform a review of the Scheme before the end of this Parliament.

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

WRITTEN ANSWER

16 August 2022

Index Heading: Communities

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government what plans are in place to amend the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment of Schedule 1)

(Scotland) Order 2013 to use CPI rather than RPI as the measure of inflation

for the purposes of annual reviews of pitch fees for park homes.

S6W-0999

Patrick Harvie: The Scottish Government does not have plans in place to amend the Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment of Schedule 1) (Scotland) Order 2013.

SCOPHRA is urging all readers to contact their MSPs in respect of the much-needed change to these regulations and seek their support for change.

Alex is proposing to ask further questions around.

To ask the Scottish Government what figures it holds on how many park owners and managers met the criteria for the Fit and Proper Person Test, and how many failed the test.

To ask the Scottish Government what response or comment they will be making on the UK Government report into a review of the 10% commission cap on the sale of park homes.

To ask the Scottish Government to provide a timescale for the collection of data from local authorities on park home residential licences.

04 August 2022MASSIVE RESPONSE FROM POLITICIANS

£400 ELECTRICITY SUBSIDY

SALES COMMISSION

RPI v CPI

SCOPHRA mounted a campaign in June and July 2022 to contact every Westminster MP representing Scottish constituencies  (59) and all 129 Scottish MSPs to seek their support in ensuring that all park home dwellers would receive the £400 electricity subsidy.  

It has seemed that residents who received utility supplies via their park owner and not directly from a utility company would lose out on the subsidy.

The response from the politicians was very supportive, our Secretary receiving many direct replies with promises of support and even more acknowledgments.  Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives was quick to reply enclosing a letter from the Minister in London agreeing to give additional support to ensure that we did not miss out.

We also took the chance to seek support on some of our other aims including change from the Retail Prices Index to the Consumer Prices Index in the calculation of pitch fee reviews and again we received support.  The UK government plans to implement this move in England as soon as Parliamentary time becomes available.  This could be implemented quickly in Scotland and Mr. Alex Burnett MSP  (Con. W. Aberdeenshire) is already tabling five questions in the Scottish Parliament covering this matter and others including a question on the validity of the sales commission.

SCOPHRA is grateful to our political representatives for their support but we urge our members to keep in contact with their local representatives on all matters park homes  - and do not forget your local councilors.  They have most of the local power.

A full list of the political replies in our LIBRARY section

29 July 2022ENERGY BILLS DISCOUNT

Some good news today from the UK government for park home residents whose electricity supply comes via the perk owner. (three on Willow Wood and many hundreds throughout Scotland) Provision is being mage to ensure that the £400 electricity subsidy will now be paid to these residents later in the year. The full text of the statement is below.

"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."

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