Bill to help renters’ improve credit score blocked

March 24, 2019

The prime minister has been accused of failing to help renters improve their credit rating after a Bill aimed at ensuring rental and council tax payment history, are taken into account when assessing a person’s creditworthiness was blocked in the Commons.

 

Former cabinet minister Justine Greening said Theresa May has failed to respond to her calls to secure her support for the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill designed to helped millions of renters improve their credit score.

 

Despite talks with the prime minister, the Putney MP said she has “not heard anything further” in the two weeks since their conversation, blaming Brexit for sidelining the issue.

 

Ms Greening raised the issue after her backbench private member’s Bill (PMB) Bill was blocked by shouts of “object” in the Commons, meaning the Tory MP’s proposals failed to clear second reading.

 

Raising a point of order to express her frustration, Ms Greening said: “All this week this House has done nothing really apart from debate Brexit.

 

“We’ve got children and young people protesting today about what they perceive to be a lack of action on climate change, and it all strikes at the heart of a Parliament that too many people feel is not able to make progress on Bills and issues that will make a big difference to their lives.”

 

“We’ve just had Bills here objected to and stopped that could have made a difference to people’s lives.”

 

“I’ve just had mine – that would help 15 million renters get a better credit score by having their rent included – objected to.”

 

In the Commons during Friday’s debate, Ms Greening said: “I did indeed speak personally with the prime minister about this Bill in order to get Government support for it – that was a couple of weeks ago and I’ve not heard anything further since.”

 

The Bill has previously cleared the Lords and Ms Greening will try again in the Commons on March 22.