HS2AA Submit Response To Sixth Compensation Consultation

HS2AA submitted our response to the Government’s sixth consultation on compensation. The document provides a detailed response to the questions raised in the consultation. We also took this opportunity to do additional detailed work on the extent of blight,  to prove its real and the Government knew how bad it was before they decided on the compensation package last April.

 

Our consultation submission goes wider than the two narrow specific questions asked. Not only is this the last opportunity for changes before the long term Phase 1 arrangements are introduced, but it echoes our petition (and many of our supporters’ petitions) that argue for better compensation. This response includes views on:

  • The two new proposals for rural areas, as solicited by the two questions
  • The inadequacies of the measures already settled on for introduction later in 2014 (eg a renamed hardship scheme) that are also referred to in the consultation materials
  • Newly released data and analysis on blight which are relevant to the package of measures; what HS2 Ltd hired experts (PwC) said about a Bond scheme despite its rejection; and health & wellbeing impacts.
  • Urging a re-think of the decision to reject the Property Bond as it can (at minimal net cost according to PwC) reassure the local property market and improve the perception of fairness.
  • Addressing gaps in the measures eg construction impacts, urban areas, over tunnels.

Our response reflects the numerous suggestions and comments from our affiliates and supporters.

If supporters are petitioning about compensation the material in this report may be useful.

You can download a copy of the consultation response here

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