Peter Bottomley Portrait

Peter Bottomley

Conservative - Worthing West

67 APPG memberships (as of 21 Apr 2021)
Adult Education, Ageing and Older People, Arts and Heritage, Austria, BBC, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business Owners, British Overseas Territories, Carbon Monoxide, Citizens Rights, Commonwealth, Dark Skies, Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Disability, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Equitable Life Policyholders, Fatherhood, Flags and Heraldry, Foster Care Work, Frozen British Pensions, Global Security and Non-Proliferation, Governance and Inclusive Leadership, Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood, Holocaust Memorial, Immigration Detention, Insurance and Financial Services, Internet, Communications and Technology, Ireland and the Irish in Britain, Kosovo, Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, Limits to Growth, Liver Health, Longevity, Mayflower 400, Media, Music, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Park Homes, Period Equality, Photography, Race and Community, Religion in the Media, Religious Education, Republic of Korea, Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit, Road Freight and Logistics, Rowing, Scientific, Scotch Whisky, Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK, Social Enterprise, Social Integration, Social Science and Policy, Social Work, St George's Day, Tibet, Transport Safety, United Nations, Vascular and Venous Disease, Votes at 16, Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Western Sahara, Wine and Spirits, Wine of Great Britain, Women in Transport, Youth Affairs, Zimbabwe
45 Former APPG memberships
Bahrain, Bees and Pollinators, Best Brexit, Betting Terminals, Burma, Charity Retail, Domestic Violence, Equitable Life, European Citizenship Rights, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, Formula One, Freedom of Movement, Future of Transport, Gambling Related Harm, Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, Hate Crime, Health, Hillsborough Disaster, Inter-Faith, Interfaith, Irish in Britain, Korea, Leasehold Reform, Lipoedema, Listed Properties, Mayflower Pilgrims, Miscarriages of Justice, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Oracy, Overseas Territories, Patient and Public Involvement in Health and Social Care, Plastic Waste, Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, Sex Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Statistics, UK Islands, Vascular Disease, Venezuela, Wellbeing Economics, Wine and Spirit Group, Women in the Penal System, Yoga in Society, Youth Hostelling
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
29th Apr 2014 - 22nd Feb 2016
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
26th Oct 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft Defamation Bill (Joint Committee)
24th Mar 2011 - 12th Oct 2011
Unopposed Bills (Panel)
17th Oct 2001 - 6th May 2010
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
6th Jul 2005 - 8th Apr 2010
Constitutional Affairs
28th Jan 2003 - 12th Jul 2005
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Jan 2002 - 5th May 2005
Standards and Privileges
25th Jun 1997 - 4th Mar 2002
Transport Committee
27th Apr 1992 - 21st Mar 1997
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
4th Jul 1989 - 28th Jul 1990
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jan 1986 - 24th Jul 1989
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Employment)
11th Sep 1984 - 23rd Jan 1986
Overseas Development
1st Nov 1978 - 4th Apr 1979
Violence in the Family
8th Mar 1976 - 25th May 1977


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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Fire Safety Bill
voted No - against a party majority
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
Speeches
Tuesday 11th May 2021
Debate on the Address

On Advent Sunday 1978, I asked Archbishop Óscar Romero what he thought about the prospect of being killed standing up …

Written Answers
Friday 26th March 2021
Leasehold: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a moratorium on forfeiture …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Roy Greenslade, the IRA and the Guardian
That this House notes the explanation by Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade of the Provisional IRA’s armed campaign, wishes he had …
Bills
Tuesday 30th November 2010
Waste Recycling (End Use Register) Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
EDM signed
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Proposed European Super League
That this House condemns the proposals to create a breakaway European Super League which is based on cynical greed rather …
Supported Legislation
Monday 6th July 2020
Tibet (Reciprocal Access) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report annually on restrictions on access by UK nationals to Tibet …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Peter Bottomley has voted in 178 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
30 Sep 2020 - Town and Country Planning - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 325 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 208 Noes - 329
26 Apr 2021 - Financial Services Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 355 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 271
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(10 debate interactions)
Christopher Pincher (Conservative)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
(9 debate interactions)
Eleanor Laing (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(21 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(6 debate contributions)
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Worthing West Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Worthing West signature proportion
Petitions with most Worthing West signatures
Peter Bottomley has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Peter Bottomley

11th February 2021
Peter Bottomley signed this EDM on Tuesday 20th April 2021

Support to tackle food waste

Tabled by: Neil Parish (Conservative - Tiverton and Honiton)
That this House recognises the valuable work of FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste, in providing two million meals per week to people in need during the covid-19 pandemic; acknowledges that it is deeply regrettable that two million tonnes of food goes to waste in the …
61 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 23
Scottish National Party: 18
Conservative: 6
Liberal Democrat: 4
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Alba Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
24th February 2021
Peter Bottomley signed this EDM on Tuesday 20th April 2021

London Capital & Finance Plc bondholder compensation

Tabled by: Neale Hanvey (Alba Party - Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
That this House recognises the significant losses of the 11,625 London Capital & Finance Plc (LC&F) bondholders who invested about £237million and may only get 20 per cent of their investment back following the scheme’s failure; notes that the Financial Services Compensation Scheme has paid £56.3 million in compensation to …
28 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Apr 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 9
Labour: 6
Conservative: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Peter Bottomley, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Peter Bottomley has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Peter Bottomley has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Peter Bottomley


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require certain authorities to maintain a register of the destination of recycled materials; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 30th November 2010

18 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a person with a birthday between the date they completed the census form and the census date can confirm an age that will not be correct.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which tenure type a residential commonholder or leaseholder should select in a census return.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the longest length of time a primary school has been waiting for a response from Edenred relating to a query about free school meal vouchers since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

As my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have both made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by Covid-19.

During this period, we are asking schools to support pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why, on 31 March, we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Voucher codes are being processed and many thousands of families are redeeming them. As of 28 April, Edenred have indicated that over 16,500 schools have placed orders for codes under this scheme. As of Friday 7 May, Edenred reported that over £58 million worth of voucher codes have been redeemed into supermarket e-gift cards by schools and families.

Schools can contact Edenred using either the email address or phone number setup specifically for the Department of Education’s national voucher scheme (freeschoolmeals@edenred.com or 0333 400 5932). We do not hold details of the time taken to respond to individual queries. We are working closely with Edenred regarding the performance of the voucher scheme and their engagement with queries from schools.

We are working tirelessly with Edenred to resolve any outstanding technical problems so that children eligible for free schools meals are supported quickly. As always, we thank schools for their patience while we expand the system to meet the high demand and for ensuring that the families who are most in need continue to receive the support that they require.

These are rapidly developing circumstances and we will continue to keep the situation under review and to keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether arrangements are in place to allow schools to purchase free school meal vouchers direct from local supermarkets during the covid-19 lockdown.

As both my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance on providing free school meals at this time is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools.

Through the national voucher scheme, schools and families could initially access eGift cards for Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and M&S. On Monday 27 April Aldi were added to this scheme and on Wednesday 29 April McColl’s were also added. As of the 7th May, Edenred report that £58 million has been converted into supermarket vouchers by families and schools. We recognise that it may not be convenient or possible for some families to visit one of these supermarkets and we are continuing to work to see if additional supermarkets can be added to this list.

If families are not able to access any of the supermarkets which are part of the national voucher scheme, schools are able to purchase vouchers directly for alternative supermarkets. Schools can be reimbursed for the cost of these alternatives through the schools coronavirus exceptional costs fund, up to £15 per pupil per week. This funding covers unavoidable additional costs incurred due to the COVID-19 outbreak that cannot be met from their existing resources.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) number of and (b) deficit in MOT testing in each month since March (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020; what estimate he has made of the (A) number of MOT tests required to restore adequate service levels and (B) average number of days before a request for a MOT test is met; and if he will make a statement.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) monitors MOT testing capacity constantly to inform future planning. The agency does not hold data on MOT booking requests as they are made directly to MOT testing stations (cars) or authorised testing facilities (lorries, buses and trailers).

For lorries, buses and trailers, where DVSA staff conduct annual road worthiness (MOT) tests, the DVSA has issued a series of exemptions. The deadline for a vehicle’s next test depends on when the MOT was originally due and whether the vehicle qualifies for a 3-month or a 12-month exemption. These exemptions will be automatically applied. The DVSA is confident, with its plan for exemptions in place, that it can deliver to capacity to carry out tests when they are due. DVSA is working with industry to ensure that tests are presented when due, so that demand is managed.

For light vehicles, such as cars, where private garages carry out MOTs, a six month extension was applied automatically to all MOTs expiring between 1 April and 31 July 2020. The DVSA is working closely with the industry to help it manage demand for MOTs now extensions are no longer being issued. There is confidence the network of 23,000 garages that conduct MOTs will be able to meet demand for MOTs from light vehicle owners.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse in each year since charges replaced the original tolls at the Dartford crossing; and what estimate he has made of the time taken to pay for the costs of building the Elizabeth Bridge and funding its long-term maintenance.

The revenue accruing from the Dart Charge is published each year in the Dartford-Thurrock river crossing charging scheme accounts (in the table headed income) which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/search/all?keywords=%22dartford+thurrock%22+accounts&order=relevance.

Toll charges were levied until 2003 when the debts associated with the construction of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and the tunnels had been fully discharged. A Road User Charge was introduced in 2003 to manage the high demand for use of the Crossing after a study reported that traffic levels would be 17% higher if payment was removed. The charges imposed and collected are used to fund transport improvements in accordance with the Transport Act 2000, though not exclusively Dartford-related.

The published accounts include figures on the maintenance and operation of the crossing in the expenditure table.

The maintenance cost for both the tunnels and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, for the year ended 31 March 2019, amounted to £11.371 million. This figure included costs for:

Expenditure (2018-2019)

£000

Highways England Staff

3,530

Safety Scheme

4,833

EU Tunnel directive on safety

1,848

Technology projects safety

890

Network Resilience

136

Routine maintenance

494

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether British citizens stranded abroad during the covid-19 outbreak who would be eligible to receive universal credit in the UK can apply for universal credit from abroad.

As with most benefits, one of the basic rules of entitlement to UK benefits, including Universal Credit, is that a claimant must be resident in the UK at the time of application and satisfy other qualifying conditions. We have no plans to change this.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a British citizen returned to the UK after more than one month stranded abroad can be entitled to receive universal credit extended beyond the one month limit to include the period that person was unable to claim the benefit because they were not in-country.

Universal Credit claims may be backdated by up to one calendar month in only certain circumstances for vulnerable claimants, who may be delayed in claiming Universal Credit through no fault of their own. Claims may also be backdated in specific circumstances when a couple separates, to ensure that there is no gap in entitlement between the couple claim and the new claim made by a single claimant.

FCO consular staff continue to provide advice and support to British nationals who face financial difficulties overseas due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Those in real financial distress whilst stranded overseas can seek advice and support from their local consular team, who will be able to advise on any local support that may be available as well as facilitate contact with friends and families who may be able to help. The FCO are also working with Non-Governmental Organisations to facilitate support to British nationals in need, including accommodation, food and medicine.

If a British national cannot afford travel costs back to the UK or essential living costs while they are waiting to return and have exhausted all other options they may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the government. These loans are interest free. This is a last resort option, with repayment required in full. However, the FCO would work with those British nationals’ currently stranded overseas to ensure flexible repayment plans are in place if they cannot afford to repay the loan within six months.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health on 10 September 2020, what steps his Department is taking to preserve the institutional expertise and leadership on women's contraceptive care within Public Health England during its reorganisation.

Preventing ill-health and reducing health inequalities remains one of the top priorities. Alongside work to establish the National Institute for Health Protection, we will continue to focus on health improvement and preventing ill-health with support from expertise within Public Health England (PHE). We are not anticipating that there will be any changes to PHE’s current functions and responsibilities before spring 2021. There is much to do between now and then but work is ongoing and the intricacies of the system are still in development.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for training and professional development for members of the NHS workforce involved in delivering contraceptive care.

Health Education England funds training programmes for obstetrics and gynaecology, community sexual and reproductive health and general practice. However, the training curricula for these specialties are set by other organisations, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, their Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Curricula must meet the standards set by the General Medical Council and be formally approved by them.

No specific assessment has been made around the adequacy of funding for training and professional development. Training and workforce issues for contraception care will be considered in the development of our new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the trade association for the amusement machine industry and supply chain (BACTA) on its eligibility for the VAT reduction to 5 per cent; and if he agree to attend a meeting with BACTA.

The Government has provided extensive guidance on the VAT treatment of cross-border goods and services following the end of the transition period and is committed to supporting businesses to enable them to continue to trade.

As with all tax measures, where new changes have been introduced, the Government includes its assessment of the impacts of the changes in Tax Information and Impact Notes. Notes for measures recently legislated for in the Taxation (Post-transition Period) Act were published alongside that legislation.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the forthcoming spending review, if his Department will preserve the current ring-fence on public health funding for local authorities.

Details on public health funding for local authorities for 21/22 will be set out at the Spending Review on 25 November.

Investing in prevention is a vital part of the NHS Long Term Plan to help people live longer, healthier lives. In 2020/21, we invested £3.279 billion in local authority public health services through the Public Health Grant, in addition to what the NHS spent on preventative interventions such as immunisation and screenings.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce temporary support based on PAYE data for freelance workers who have not been registered for support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by previous employers.

An employee on a fixed term contract can be re-employed, furloughed and claimed for, if either: their contract expired after 28 February 2020 and an RTI payment submission for the employee was notified to HMRC on or before 28 February 2020, or their contract expired after 19 March 2020 and an RTI payment submission for the employee was notified to HMRC on or before 19 March 2020. The decision to furlough an employee must be agreed by both the employer and employee.

The Government is also supporting people on low incomes who need to rely on the welfare system through a significant package of temporary measures. This includes a £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance and Working Tax Credit basic element, and a nearly £1 billion increase in support for renters through increases to the Local Housing Allowance rates for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants.?These changes will benefit new and existing claimants. Anyone can check their eligibility and apply for Universal Credit by visiting?https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit. In addition, many freelance workers may be eligible for the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether public sector employees under PAYE on zero-hours contracts are eligible for the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event that those employees are unable to be redeployed.

The Government expects that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as most public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contributing to the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Where employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, the Government expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion, and correspondingly not furlough them. This also applies to non-public sector employers who receive public funding for staff costs. Organisations who are receiving public funding specifically to provide services necessary to respond to COVID-19 are not expected to furlough staff. In a small number of cases, for example where organisations are not primarily funded by the Government and whose staff cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response, the scheme may be appropriate for some staff. Employees on any type of employment contract are eligible for the scheme, including those on zero-hours contracts.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the value to the economy of the British wine and sparkling wine industry in each of the last five years.

The Government recognises the important role that wine, and the wine industry, plays in our economy and society. At Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced a freeze on wine duty, making the price of a bottle of wine 5p lower than it would have been had prices risen with inflation.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she plans to publish the Government response to the consultation on the review of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, published in May 2014.

The government is actively working on publishing the response to the consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, and it will be published in due course.

Victoria Atkins
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a moratorium on forfeiture of all residential leasehold properties under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

All ongoing possession proceedings, including forfeiture possession cases for leaseholders were suspended from 27 March until 20 September 2020. Any new claims entering the court system were automatically suspended.

The Government has also provided support to leaseholders through the mortgage holiday, and the application window is open until 31 March 2021. All payment holidays must end by 31 July 2021. Borrowers, including those with a buy-to-let mortgage, are entitled to up to a six-month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.

The Government believes that forfeiture is a draconian measure and should only be used as a last resort. In practice forfeiture happens very rarely and is subject to the right of relief, to be exercised at the court’s discretion.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)