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Newsletter 2021

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."

16 June 2022NEW REPORT ON PARK HOME SALES COMMISSION

A research report commissioned by the UK Government, on the controversial topic of sales commission on park homes, has just been published.

Please see the links below to read this highly important report on Mobile Home Sale Commission in England. It will inform discussion in Scotland.

The Executive Summary is sufficient reading to take it all in, but the full report can also be accessed. See below. Cut and paste into your browser.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mobile-homes-the-impact-of-a-change-in-the-maximum-park-home-sale-commission

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mobile-homes-the-impact-of-a-change-in-the-maximum-park-home-sale-commission/the-impact-of-a-change-in-the-maximum-park-home-sale-commission-executive-summary (Executive Summary)

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