Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017. 

Housing

Richard Fuller has welcomed a new commitment by the Conservatives to extend the Right to Buy so that tenants of housing associations can buy their properties.

This will make a significant difference in Bedford and Kempston, giving thousands of local families the chance to own their own home. Crucially, it will also provide funds for new housing.

It comes on top of news that more than twice as many council houses have been built since 2010 than were built between 1997 and 2010.

Richard commented, “This is part of our commitment to back families who have worked hard and played by the rules. It will mean a new generation of people able to achieve their dream and enjoy the security that comes from owning your own home.”

Richard Fuller at Barratt Homes 'Have a Go' Day

Richard Fuller at Barratt Homes ‘Have a Go’ Day

Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, joined local students to have a go at building new homes as part of National Apprentice Week on Friday. The students tried their hand at bricklaying and carpentry at a hands-on event at Barratt Homes’ Cygnet Mews development in Kempston.

Pupils from Bedford Academy, Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College and Sharnbrook Upper School visited the new homes development on Wilkinson Road, where they met staff, learnt about the industry and gained practical, supervised experience of construction skills.

The aim of the visit, organised in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), was to demonstrate to the students the different skills involved in building a new home and to inspire them into considering a career in home building after leaving school.

Richard Fuller said; “As part of my plan for Bedford and Kempston I want to encourage house building by companies like Barratt so future generations can have the security of their own home.

“Home building is helping to drive the continuing economic recovery, and by encouraging young people to become apprentices through events such as this, responsible companies like Barratt Homes are creating jobs for the local area.”

Andrew Swindell, Managing Director of Barratt Homes Northampton, said; “We want to give local students a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a new homes development, as we’re always on the look-out for the home builders of the future.”

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Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, used the last Prime Minister’s Question time before Christmas to ask the PM what the Government can do to help young people in Bedford and Kempston on to the housing ladder.

You can watch Richard’s question and the Prime Minister’s answer by clicking the image above.

Afterwards, Richard commented,

“Right to Buy has been really popular locally, reducing the deposit required by first time buyers to purchase their own home. It was great to hear that the Government has now launched the Starter Homes Initiative offering 20% discounts on new affordable homes to buyers aged under 40.”

More information on the schemes is available at:
Help to Buy
Starter Homes

I was shocked at the highly personal tone taken by Bedford’s MP in his attacks on the Head of BPHA recently.  While I share the concerns at the sudden and sharp increases in utlity charges and service fees for some BPHA customers, I don’t think abusing the head of the organisation will be effective in getting BPHA to amend its policies and do something to help those hardest hit.

I went to see John Cross, the Head of BPHA , to press the case for re-consideration and to see if there was any latitude to reduce or delay the fees increases.  He listened and I felt that I had the opportunity to make the case on behalf of residents more effectively than grandstanding for the press.  Whether my effort will result in a change, we will have to wait and see; but I am hopeful and will continue to make the case as effectively as I can.