to challenge the 10%
Commission Charge and RPI to CPI increase to the pitch fee.
The Park Home Owners
simultaneously in England, Scotland and Wales
with the valued help of
Welsh and Scottish Co-ordinators.
Whilst we welcome and
sincerely hope many more Residents will be prepared to join us
and support our London Rally on the 21st
due to such
a massive response to this Rally from residents in every part of the
ATTENDANCE AT THE
MEETINGIN THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
-THAT WILL FOLLOW THE RALLY -IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED
ANDNOFURTHER PLACES ARE AVAILABLE
IN THE VERY LARGE
COMMITTEE ROOM THAT HAS BEEN BOOKED.
IT IS WONDERFUL THAT
HUNDREDS OF PARK HOME RESIDENTS ARE
PREPARED TO MAKE THE
LONG JOURNEY TO LONDON
BUT SADLY ONLY A CERTAIN AMOUNT CAN
BE ACCOMMODATED AND IT
HAS HAD TO BE DONE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
THIS, ENTRY TO THE MEETING WILL HAVE TO BE STRICTLY LIMITED
TO THOSE ATTENDEES WHO ARE
WEARING THE AUTHORISED NECESSARY IDENTIFICATION
Official Rally Security Stewards will be at the door of the Meeting Room
to make sure that only
those attendees who have pre-booked their place - gain entry.
Campaign's official identification will be sent in due course
to those attendees
already provided their details to
the JUSTICE Campaign and
received acknowledgement of their place at the meeting.
As stated above, the
Committee Room is now FULLY SUBSCRIBED and some of you may have to stand.
(If this should happen,
may I request that you please give priority seating to those less able.)
There are a large number
of steps to climb before we get to the Committee Room.
If you are wearing
the official identification and have difficulty walking, climbing stairs
or are using a wheelchair;
please go to the
Visitor's desk in Westminster Hall when you arrive at the Palace of Westminster.
They will then arrange
for you to be taken safely to the Committee Room Meeting by the
most convenient route.
Thank you all for your
amazing support as we challenge the 10% issue. This is going to be the
biggest rally that we have organised and your opportunity to have your say on
the 10% issue and RPI to CPI. Sadly, these are the only two problem
areas that can be discussed at the meeting - but together we will do
all that we can to get the changes that we want. Ifyou need any further help please
contact me email@example.com
and I will do my best to
assist. In due course, I will write personally to all those who are
attending the meeting.
AS SAID PREVIOUSLY, EVEN
THOUGH THE MEETING IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED,
WOULD ALL LOVE TO SEE AS MANY OF YOU AS POSSIBLE IN LONDON TO SUPPORT US AT THE RALLY.
Thank you all once again
and I look forward to seeing you in London.
Sunday 22nd January 2017
Latest Update on
THE THREE NATIONS RALLY
Challenge the 10% Commission Charge and RPI to CPI
Dear JUSTICE Campaign Supporter
Please find below the latest update for The Three Nations Rally.
Firstly, thank you to the many residents who offered their services to help me with research that was needed to help our Three Nations Rally. So many people offered to help and I am pleased to say that the research work is now well on the way to being completed; long before its deadline.
As you can imagine, the co-ordination of the Three Nations Rally and Committee Meetings set to run concurrently in England, Wales and Scotland on the 21st March is immense and I am grateful to the Residents who have agreed to be in charge of Rally Security in London. Those who have organised coaches and the various organisations who have helped to advertise the Three Nations Rally.
Our JUSTICE campaign crosses borders and there is definitely no divide. Regardless of whether you reside in Scotland, Wales or England, we are all Park Home Owners. We all want justice and to live our retirement years in peace. To date, forty thousand residents are now standing with our JUSTICE Campaign and have now signed the petition to challenge the 10%.
By standing together we are strong and we will have our voices heard and acknowledged by MP's at the Three Nations Rally Committee Meetings that will take place in England, Wales and Scotland on the 21st March 2017. It is at these meetings that our JUSTICE campaign has arranged for residents to have their say as we challenge the outdated and inequitable 10% Commission Charge that steals our equity and leaves us TRAPPED in our homes - or - worse still, unable to afford the care we made need in nursing homes. Not only am I grateful for the help of the hard working Welsh and Scottish Co-ordinators who are working with me and doing a first rate job in organising their part of the Three Nations Rally - but it is lovely to have made new friends who all have the same objective.
Our THREE NATIONS RALLY (WHICH IS A FIRST) has received a truly amazing response from Park Home Owners in England, Scotland and Wales. Whilst It has been set up to challenge the 10% Commission Charge in all three nations; in England it also calls for the annual increase in Pitch Fees to be changed from RPI TO CPI (which is the figure your pensions increase by) a figure that is already enjoyed by our fellow Park Home Owners in Wales.
PLEASE NOTE: The Rally timings and details of the day have now been sent out.
DUE TO THE LARGE AMOUNT OF RESIDENTS WHO WANT TO ATTEND THE THREE NATIONS RALLY; ONLY THE MANY PARK HOME OWNERS WHO HAVE ALREADY TOLD
ME THEY ARE COMING TO LONDON FOR THE RALLY AND HAVE BOOKED THEIR PLACES AT THE MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER HAVE
RECEIVED A FURTHER SEPARATE PERSONAL EMAIL FROM THE JUSTICE CAMPAIGN CONTAINING THE TIMINGS AND DETAILS OF THE DAY.
THE NAMES OF THOSE RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN LOGGED AND ENTRANCE TO THE MEETING WILL BE LIMITED TO THOSE NAMED ON THE LIST.
SOME RESIDENTS WHO ARE COMING TO LONDON BY COACH OR IN A LARGE PARTY WILL NOT HAVE RECEIVED THEIR PERSONAL EMAIL. PLEASE DON'T WORRY IF
YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE RESIDENTS - BECAUSE YOUR ORGANISER HAS RECEIVED ALL DETAILS AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTING ITTO ALL RESIDENTS IN THEIR
PARTY. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR PLACE AND NOT RECEIVED YOUR DETAILS BY FEBRUARY 1ST - PLEASE EMAIL ME AT
Our JUSTICE Campaign has never done things by half. If we try to do something, we tackle it in a positive way. The Three Nations Rally promises to be the biggest rally that our JUSTICE Campaign has organised. Every MP ( all 650 of them) and many Peers are being made aware of it and invited to the Committee Meeting. There are other things being organised that could also be very beneficial to park home residents and we are so lucky that we have the ear of good MP's.
TOGETHER, following the request of so many residents to try to do something about the 10%; we, and the MP's who are supporting us have done the very best we can to bring about a change to the 10% charge. We were told when we began the fight to stop "Sale Blocking" that we were wasting our time. I could not promise you a victory then and I can not promise that we will change the 10% - but we succeeded with our fight to stop sale blocking and together we are giving the 10% challenge our best effort. As they say "NOTHING VENTURED - NOTHING GAINED" so in England, Wales and Scotland, together, we will raise the roof and give it our best shot.
COACH FROM STAFFORD
The numbers for the coach from Stafford have already been calculated in the final figures that can be accommodated. As there are two places left on the coach; If you live in the vicinity and wish to book your place on board; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by the LATEST 31st January 2017. NO BOOKINGS CAN BE TAKEN AFTER THAT DATE.
COACH FROM DEVON AND CORNWALL
The numbers for the coach from Devon/Cornwall have also been calculated in the final figures. As there are still a few places available on this coach - if you live in Devon or Cornwall and wish to join it for the trip to London you will need to contact email@example.com THE LATEST 31st January 2017. NO BOOKINGS CAN BE TAKEN AFTER THAT DATE.
If there are any Welsh or Scottish Residents who have not received information about the rally's in Wales and Scotland; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put your in touch with your Welsh or Scottish co-ordinator.
Thank you all for your support and we will do our best to deliver.
Thank you to all park home residents who have already informed me that they will be coming to London for our Rally and meeting in the Palace of Westminster on 21st March 2017. In due course I will be writing to you all with further updates. However, my purpose of writing today is to inform that a coach is coming to London from the Stafford area and there are places on board for any resident who wishes to attend the rally and resides in the vicinity of the Midlands.
If you or your neighbours reside in those areas and wish to attend and support the 10% Commission rally; please contact me and I will put you in touch with the person who is taking the bookings. The cost is low as this coach has been sponsored by:
Paul Baker of Paul Baker Insurance Services and Ann Barradine of Community Warmth.
Our Justice Campaign is very grateful to both Paul and Ann for their sponsorship that will allow many residents to travel to London in relative comfort and we are currently looking to get additional sponsorship from other sources to bring coaches from all parts of our country. I will of course keep you informed if this becomes viable.
If you live in the vicinity of the Midlands and wish to come to the 10% Rally by coach, please email email@example.com soon as possible.
Best wishes and thank you to all
Tuesday 15th November 2016
Dear Justice Campaign Member
Following our success in the stopping of “ Sale Blocking” on 26th March 2013, many of you asked if the JUSTICE Campaign could try to do something about the outdated and inequitable 10% charge that we or our next of kin have to pay when our homes are sold.
I promised that we would try and would give it our best shot.
NOW, WITH YOUR HELP
IT IS TIME FOR US TO MOVE ON THE 10% COMMISSION CHARGE ISSUE.
The paper and online petition is now closed and I thank the many thousands who have sent in their petitions that will of course be added to the 31,000 plus that we delivered to Downing Street in 2014.
I apologise for the silence from your JUSTICE Campaign on this subject over the past few months.However, during that time - and due to the fact that my previous MP, Dame Annette Brooke OBE is no longer in Government, I have been negotiating and meeting with MP’s in London to plan the way forward – because if we are to have any chance of success we need help from behind the doors at Westminster.
I am pleased to say that Natascha Engel MP who is also the Vice President of our JUSTICE Campaign has been of tremendous help and the date for the presentation of the petition to Downing Street that will be combined with a further rally of park home residents in London and followed later that day with a meeting in one of the large Committee Rooms in the Palace of Westminster has now be formalised.A lot more has been planned but to publish the content at this point in time would only warn the industry of what we are doing and we cannot afford for them to scupper our plans before they have been put into place.However, I will inform you all as soon as I can because your help will also be needed.
There has been much scare-mongering by the industry that if the 10% is changed an increase to the pitch fee would be added.This is of course rubbish because if an independent transparent review finds after examining the park owners audited accounts that without the 10% of your equity their businesses will go bankrupt, then the 10% will remain.
If not, and that report proves that it is not the necessary income stream that they purport it to be; no MP is going to say that any reduction must be added to your pitch fee.You only have to read the unanimous decision from MP’s at the October 2014 debate (that we brought about) to see how disgusted they were with the 10% charge – but sadly a new Government followed and we have to re-educate them.
If you have any doubts, (JUST THINK OF ALFIE BEST WHO BY HIS OWN ADMISSION HAS MADE A 250 million fortune) and still collects 10% of residents equity when their park homes are sold.In addition, there are many more just like him who own multiple parks and a lot of single park owners who at the very least are millionaires in land value alone.So there is a lot to be exposed and we have a lot to fight for.
I hear from many of you that because of the 10% you feel trapped in your homes and cannot sell because after parting with 10% of your equity you could only afford to move to a home of inferior quality.In addition, many of you worry that with the loss of 10% of your equity you would not be able to afford adequate nursing or care home fees.Obviously this topic is of great importance and:-
TRANSPARENCY is key.
If you have read the recent independent review that was brought about by our friends across the border you will see a copy of a survey form that park owners were given to fill in regarding their accounts.Basically they could write whatever they chose and there was no guarantee that what they had written was correct because as far as I could see, no audited accounts were examined - so it was down to their honesty!!Here in England, we are asking that the certified audited accounts of park owners are examined by an independent body.
I am printing below the details of our important day in London and hope that as many of you as possible will attend (as you have done before) with your banners and the good humour that you have always shown.I know that not everyone will be able to attend but I must stress that if we don’t have a good number of people present – WE WILL HAVE NO CHANCE OF PURSUADING MP’s AT WESTMINSTER TO LISTEN TO US and the opportunity to try to change the 10% will be gone for many years to come.
Arrangements have been made and I would ask all JUSTICE Campaign members (who are able) to please do all that they can to attend the next event in 2017 which is on the run-up to the promised 2017 review.I have listed the initial details below and it would be wonderful if you could again attend the rally outside of Downing Street with your amazing banners and then accompany us to The Palace of Westminster where a Committee Room has been booked and as is your democratic right, you will be invited to put your point before the MP’s who have been invited to attend.
From previous experience we know that this works.We have the necessary backing from inside WestminsterNOW IT IS UP TO US TO AGAIN SHOW OUR COLOURS IN THE RESPECTFUL AND DIGNIFIED WAY THAT WE ALWAYS USE – Because nothing will happen if we do not make the effort.
DETAILS OF THE DAY
Tuesday 21st March 2017 is the date for your diaries.
Please arrive by 11.30am with your banners at the black enclosure opposite the entrance to Downing Street.I will be there to meet you.
The presentation of our petition to No. 10 Downing Street will take place at 12.noon.
Following the presentation we will all walk on the pavements (WITH BANNERS HELD HIGH) the short distance to the Palace of Westminster.
When we arrive at the Palace we will all go through (airport type security.)You will not be able to take your banners into the palace but they can usually be left (tidily stacked) with the Police outside for you to collect when you come out.
Once inside the Palace, there might be time for a quick coffee or tea in the Jubilee Café located from inside WestminsterHall - or if you prefer, bring some lunch with you and I am sure you can find a time to have a quick drink outside at some point in time.
At 1.30pmwe will need to make our way to Committee Room 10.This is a large ornate committee room that will hold a lot of people.
Our Vice President Natascha Engel MP will chair the meeting.
There will also be a lot of work to be done behind the scenes before Christmas and in due course I will be able to inform you of what is being done.
The Committee Room Meeting will last from 2 – 4pm.After the meeting, it will probably take the best part of 30 minutes to exit the Palace to make your way home.If anyone is wheelchair bound, I will need to know before hand so that access can be made available to them.
There will be media present and a lot of other things are being organised in the pipeline to make sure that we are heard and get the best possible coverage of the issues that we are seeking to change.
May I ask that you do not reply to this email – but instead, I would be grateful if you could please email me separately at firstname.lastname@example.org(AS SOON AS POSSIBLE) to let me know the name of your park and how many people are willing to attend this important rally.
When I have the numbers I will contact you all again and send you a map and information of the day along with details of tube stations and parking for mini busses.
IF WE ARE TO GET A CHANCE TO CHANGE THIS OUTDATED AND INEQUITABLE CHARGE THEN WE MUST ACTNOW AND BRING AS MANY PARK HOME RESIDENTS TO LONDON AS POSSIBLE.
I CAN’T PROMISE YOU THAT WE WILL WIN – BUT I CAN DEFINITELY SAY THAT IF WE DON’T ALL MAKE A CONSOLIDATED EFFORT – NOTHING WILL CHANGE. I will do all that I can – if you will help me.
Best Wishes to all and thank you for your support of the petition.
Arrangements have been put in place to present
our 10% Commission charge Petition which includes are request for RPI to be changed to CPI
to No. 10 Downing Street
on 17th October 2016.
UPDATE ON THE 10% Commission Charge
Dear supporters of our JUSTICE Campaign.
As promised I can now give you a full update. Due to Brexit and the appointments of a new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Housing Minister, I have had to take parliamentary advice on the best way forward for our Campaign.
I and those MP’s who are supporting us know only too well how important this campaign is to so many Park Home Residents and it is therefore very important that we get the timings of events absolutely right if we are to try to obtain the best possible outcome for our cause and get an “Independent Transparent Review with sight of the park owner’s accounting” as this is the only way that we can hope to bring about a change to the 10% Commission Charge and have nothing added to the pitch fee.
Therefore, after meeting and having discussions yesterday with MP’s we have decided that it will be of greater benefit to Park Home Residents if we cancel the 17th October 2016 date for the presentation of the Petition to Downing Street; the Rally and Meeting in the Palace of Westminster and reschedule it for the Spring of 2017 – the year in which a review of the new legislation is due to take place.
Following the appointment of the new Housing Minister, much ground work has to be done behind the scenes. This is not unusual, all this work had to be done to obtain an end to “sale blocking.” Many of you will remember the “early day motions”, “Petition to the House” and questions to propel our quest that had to be put forward by back benchers at Prime Minister’s Questions and so much more.
You will also be aware that petitions alone are not enough. We as residents need support and help if we are to have any chance to win our cause and there is only one way to go if we are to succeed. We must have the back up from MP’s at Westminster because it is only their voice that can be heard in the chamber.
Luckily we have growing support and yesterday I spoke at length with an MP who is help us regarding the strategy and arrangements to move our 10% Campaign forward in the most progressive way and we are lucky because along with two MP’s arrangements are being made for me to have informal meetings at Westminster with those best placed to help us. This will be done before Christmas.
As a review of the current legislation is due to take place in 2017 and following the appointment of the new Minister; it was felt by those at Westminster that the springtime will certainly be the best and most strategic time for the Park Home Residents of our country to again show their presence at Westminster and to present out petition to Downing Street. You have all made a tremendous effort at previous rallies. As banner waving pensioners who enjoyed the day, had fun but also conducted ourselves in a very respectful and dignified way – you got your message across and I know this was noticed by those who count and it greatly helped our cause.
The new date in the Spring of 2017 for the presentation of the Petition has got to be arranged with the Downing Street Office along with Police permission for our rally and the booking of a committee room in the Palace of Westminster.
This is already underway and I hope to have the dates in place and will let you have all the information that is needed by the end of September/early October so that we can plan our next day in London.
Many of you from all parts of our country have already contacted me and pledged your support at our rally and I hope you will understand that because this letter will be posted on our JUSTICE Campaign web site it could be seen by some who would prefer that the 10% Commission Charge was buried and never mentioned again. Therefore, much information and many names are best not mentioned if we want to succeed – but I can assure you that we are all doing our very best to bring about an end or a reduction to this outdated and inequitable charge. WE WILL go to Westminster in the Spring and don’t forget that we are also trying to get the RPI increase on your pitch fee reduced to CPI, which is already enjoyed by our friends in Wales.
As the JUSTICE Campaign does not charge for membership, we cannot afford to advertise so, with the exception of the JUSTICE Campaign web site, the only person who has published our petition form on their web site is Paul Baker and you can either download a petition form from his web site at www.pbinsurance.co.uk – or – please contact me at email@example.com and I will be pleased to send you a form.
Thank you to all who have sent in petition forms and the closing date for the paper petition is 31st August 2016.
These arrangements have been approved by the Police and Relevant Offices
and a rally of Park Home Residents is planned to coincide with the presentation.
A Committee Room has been booked within the
Palace of Westminster to seat 100 park home residents and will be chaired
by the Vice Chair of our JUSTICE Campaign
Natascha Engel MP & deputy speaker of the house.
It is planned that you will be able to have your say
on the 10% Commission Charge and RPI to CPI before the MP's that are present.
It had been my intention to write this week to all on our JUSTICE Campaign Data Base
with an invitation for them to join us in London on that day - with their banners
(because it has been shown in the past that TOGETHER we can bring about change.
Whilst the plans above remain in place,
I think it would be wise to wait for a short period before sending invitations.
At the present time there is much uncertainty at Westminster
and we certainly do not want our Campaign swamped with any elections of
Prime Ministers or indeed Governments.
I will be taking advice from the MP's who are supporting us so
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEND YOUR COMPLETED PETITION FORMS
and we will either deliver them as planned
we will wait until it is the best possible time for us to achieve a result.
EITHER WAY, I WILL CONTACT YOU ALL AS SOON AS WE ALL KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.
Monday 13th June 2016
Thursday 18th June 2015
If you agree that the
Minister has not answered the question, please tick the NO box at the end of
Mobile Homes: Sales
Department for Communities and Local Government written question –
To ask theSecretary
of Statefor Communities and
Local Government, if he will undertake an immediate review of the effect of the
10 per cent commission charge on the sale of parkhomeproperties; and if he will make a
Following a recommendation from the Communities and Local
Government Select Committee in 2012 that the right of site owners to receive up
to 10% commission from the sale of ahomeshould
remain in place, the Government has no plans to carry out an immediate review
of the commission payable on the sale of a parkhome.
Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign
Tel: 01929 553110
Thursday 28th May 2015
THE EXCELLENT LETTER BELOW (says what many park home residents know to
be true) AND HAS BEEN
SUBMITTED TO THE NEW WORKING GROUP.
THE NEW LEGISLATION IS BEGINNING TO
WORK - BUT AS THE LETTER SHOWS,
THERE IS STILL MUCH MORE TO DO.
GOVERNMENT MUST LISTEN TO THE PARK HOME RESIDENTS OF OUR COUNTRY -
BECAUSE WHILE THEY WAIT TO SEE HOW THINGS" BED IN" UPO'S ARE FIVE STEPS AHEAD AND HAVE WORKED OUT HOW THEY CAN BEAT THE
this may concern,
Unless parliamentarians address the one issue that blights our lives,we will forever have a continuous programme of denial,pretending that tinkering with a corrupt
system, will alter things for the better,
PLEASE ADDRESS THE MAIN CONCERN FOR ALL PARK HOME RESIDENTS.
Southern Irish Gypsies/Travellers have infiltrated this industry,these individuals who have spent their entire lives ripping off pensioners,now see an opportunity to
legally teal from us,these horse traders, who have been mentioned many times in Hansard, have prospered at the expense of our elderly residents, mainly due to the courts/police and local government, adopting the attitude now known as the ROTHERHAM SYNDROME,bury your head in the sand, and pretend the problem does not exist.
Recently passed legislation has started to make inroads into the abuses perpetrated by this low life,you could further help by either abolishing the discriminatory 10% re-sale tax, or by adopting a compromise solution, which would still give the site owner 10% unearned income, but this would be based on the difference between purchase price and selling price e.g.,.
Selling £150.000 = £10,000 profit, 10% based on this figure = £1000.00 not £15,000
that the present system demands to be paid, before we can sell our home.
If the poor site owners protest that they will end up selling the Big Issue,simply refer them to the glossy brochures available from their companies, stating that financially, park home ownership, will
match the increase in property prices enjoyed by bricks and mortar,impossible to argue against your own sales documentation.
THE NAME OF THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN SUPPLIED TO THE JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
UPDATE ON THE NEW WORKING GROUP MEETING TODAY. (10/2/15)
I am informed that the meeting set up for the new Working Group took place today (10/2/15) with officials, the Minister and four MP's (two could not attend.)
The meeting agreed the future composition and the terms of reference. I can confirm that the 10% is mentioned in the terms of reference.
The evidence compiled from that which was sent to me by so many residents was handed out along with the Name & Shame List of rogue park owners and I can confirm that all residents details were redacted by me before the information was provided to this group.
It was agreed that a further meeting will be called in March that will look at calling evidence. This meeting will have a wider membership that will include our Justice Campaign.
So it is happening and we continue to make headway. The evidence you have supplied has greatly helped towards this and thanks must go to all who supplied it.
This is all that I can say at this point - but we are on our way again. There are MP's who are willing to investigate and we must keep the ball rolling.
COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
INQUIRY INTO PARK HOMES
The first 60 submissions to the Inquiry have now been published on their Web Site. Further submissions will be added daily until they are all published.
If you wish to read them, go to the Communities and Local Government Committee.