On Monday 8 April, Kate spoke in parliament about her campaign to protect homebuyers.
Kate said, “MPs queued up in housing questions to ask the secretary of state about the lack of progress in introducing a New Homes Ombudsman. This was promised by the government 5 months ago, but nothing further has happened, yet I continue to receive reports from up and down the country of poor quality building and shoddy workmanship.
“The secretary of state told me that he hoped that initially a ‘shadow’ scheme could be introduced, while he waits for a slot in the parliamentary calendar to pass legislation (those slots are hard to come by, as Brexit swamps the parliamentary agenda – another good reason to get it sorted). He assured me that consumers’ interests would have primacy over developers’. I know there is a lot of scepticism about the industry designing its own scheme, as that would simply mean it marks its own homework. I won’t stand for that, and I’ll be watching developments very carefully.”