The UK’s leading park home owners’ campaign group has received some significant updates, including on this October’s £400 energy grant that some park home owners were initially excluded from. We learn more…

Founder of the Park Home Owners’ Justice Campaign, Sonia McColl OBE, has recently updated the group on a number of key developments.

Working with Sir Peter Bottomley MP – the Father of the House of Commons and president of the Park Home Owners’ Justice Campaign – Sonia revealed that Sir Peter has been busy raising some important topics in Parliament, as well as sending written communications to relevant ministers.

The key issues Sir Peter raised with MPs related to: the £400 energy payment initiative that excluded some park home owners; the Government’s promised change from RPI to CPI on pitch fees; and the decision by Government on the ten per cent commission charge on the sale of park homes.

Energy justice closer?
On the energy grant, a spokesman for the Government appeared to confirm that all park home owners will now get the £400.

William Tandoh, from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, said: ‘As part of this package, we are confirming that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the one per cent of households who will not be reached through the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

‘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.’

A press release published on 31 July included more details on this:

On the potential change from RPI to the lower CPI figure for pitch fee charges, the Government stated that it remains committed to this change and will do so ‘when the parliamentary timetable allows’.

Sonia said: ‘As members of the Justice Campaign, you have all worked hard to bring about the promised change from RPI to CPI and the independent review of the ten per cent commission. What you have done has worked, but we can’t stop now. The only way to get a satisfactory outcome is to apply continued pressure. Please press your MP to call for RPI to CPI to be changed quickly. Explain how the rising inflation rate is causing devastation to you and your family.’

Finally, on the ten per cent commission charge, a Government spokesperson issued the following statement: ‘Following the publication of the research report on 16 June, the Government will consider the report and recommendations in more detail and publish a response in due course.

‘The Department is unable to confirm at this stage when the detailed consideration of the report will be concluded.’

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