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star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Government Services: Immigrants more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the costs to local authorities of providing housing and other services to people with no other recourse to public funds. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2521 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not hold a national estimate of the costs to local authorities of providing housing and other services to people with No Recourse to Public Funds.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-11-17T12:04:07.73Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-17T12:04:07.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Politics and Government: Greater London more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of the current structures of governance in London. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2741 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>Since 2010, the Coalition Government has made a series of reforms which have decentralised power down to local government and down to local communities below it.</p><p> </p><p>This has included strengthening the governance structures in London at a variety of levels: by devolving power and funding over housing, economic development and the Olympic legacy to the Mayor and Assembly through the Localism Act 2011; by abolishing unelected bodies such as the Government Office for London and London Development Agency; supporting the creation of a London-wide economic partnership; and delivering a broader set of reforms to local government transparency, accountability, housing finance and local government finance which the London Boroughs in particular have benefited from.</p><p> </p><p>The London Enterprise Panel was established by the Mayor in 2012 in response to the Government’s invitation to areas to form Local Enterprise Partnerships. It provides a forum which enables the Mayor, London Boroughs and the private sector to work together to take a strategic view of regeneration, employment and skills in the capital. The Panel has successfully negotiated a growth deal which includes delivering £120 million of investment in London’s Further Education colleges and work to develop new ways to help those furthest from the labour market into work.</p><p> </p><p>As set out in the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: <em>Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Greater London Authority Act 2007 and the London Assembly</em> (Cm 8761), the Government believes there is scope for governance reform in the relation to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.</p><p> </p><p>Ministers have serious concerns about the governance in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets following an independent inspection report, and are consulting the council on the report and a proposed package of interventions as outlined in the Oral Statement of 4 November 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, House of Commons, Column 663.</p><p> </p><p>The Coalition Government considers that power should be devolved to the lowest appropriate level including to communities and individuals. For instance, we have introduced powers for local communities in London to establish neighbourhood forums to take forward neighbourhood planning and introduced a range of ‘community rights’ such as the Community Right to Challenge and the Community Right to Bid for Assets of Community Value.</p><p> </p><p>Parish councils can also provide communities with a democratically accountable voice and a structure for taking community action. London saw its first parish council in decades have its first elections in May 2014, in Queens Park, Westminster. A number of other local communities in London are now campaigning for parish councils to be set up. The Government is also making it easier to set up new town and parish councils where they do not currently exist and is seeking to amend legislation to do so.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-11-20T15:18:11.857Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-20T15:18:11.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Utilities: Road Works more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the way in which utility companies work with local authorities to minimise disruption to residents as a result of works they have to undertake. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2742 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-19more like thismore than 2014-11-19
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has made no specific assessment, although under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, the street authority has a duty to co-ordinate all works on its road network in order to minimise inconvenience to road users, and utilities have a duty to co-operate with them in doing that. Utility companies have statutory powers to carry out works to maintain or install their apparatus in the street to provide the services that we all rely on. The Government works closely with both local highway authorities and utilities to help them deliver those duties effectively.</p><p> </p><p>The Traffic Management Act 2004 also places a 'Network Management Duty' on authorities to keep traffic moving as far as practical and enables authorities to introduce permit schemes for street works to help them to do that. In 2012, the Government increased the penalties that local authorities can impose where street works by utility companies overrun their agreed duration, up to a maximum charge of £10,000 a day. We are also carrying out a trial of ‘Lane Rental’ on Transport for London and Kent County Council’s networks. This allows authorities to charge utilities to work on the busiest roads at the busiest times. We are currently looking at the impacts of those schemes.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-11-19T14:21:36.697Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-19T14:21:36.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Schools more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they provide to local authorities who want to make greater use of school premises for the benefit of the community outside school times. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2743 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Education Act 2002 gives school governing bodies the power to run community services without the need to consult or obtain permission from local authorities. Schools have the freedom to use their estates for community facilities and can provide integrated services such as health services, childcare or adult education and work in partnership with other providers as a resource for the whole community. We do not provide support for local authorities as this is a matter for schools.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-17T12:32:56.657Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-17T12:32:56.657Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Government Services: Immigrants more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they provide to local authorities in dealing with families which have no recourse to public funds. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2744 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>The Home Office works closely with local authorities in dealing with families with no recourse to public funds, in particular through the No Recourse to Public Funds Connect database. Where the immigration status of such families is unresolved, the Home Office will seek to conclude all outstanding applications as quickly as possible. Where such families have no right to remain in the UK, the Home Office will seek to secure their return to their country of origin.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2014-11-20T14:50:28.423Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-20T14:50:28.423Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Council Housing more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action are they taking to support council tenants who want to form housing cooperatives. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2800 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>We encourage local authorities to work closely with their communities to look at the range of options open to them. This may include forming community led groups, such as co-operatives, Community Land Trusts or Tenant Management Organisations. My officials continue to discuss issues affecting co-operative housing more generally with the co-operative sector.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Council tenants have the Right to Manage, which enables them to set up a Tenant Management Organisation (a management co-operative) to manage the homes in their area, with a management allowance from the Council. The Tenant Empowerment Programme, £2 million in 2014/15 and £1 million in 2015/16, supports social housing tenants to engage in, manage and/or take control of their housing services. This includes training, support and funding to enable tenant groups to take up their Right to Manage. There are currently over 200 Tenant Management Organisations across England, managing around 80,000 homes.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In October 2012, we funded the Co-operatives UK to establish and run the Community Shares Unit to grow a sustainable market and promote the long term success of the community shares model, as a means to raising equity finance and increasing participation in community enterprises and projects. Community-led housing is one of the areas identified as requiring development.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are also encouraging community led organisations, including co-operatives, to apply for funding through the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme. The Homes and Communities Agency has held back over 25% of their £1.7 billion budget, for which it is now inviting bids. This should be of particular help to smaller community-led organisations.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2014-11-20T15:55:45.573Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-20T15:55:45.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Government: Mutual Societies more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action are they taking to support the establishment of mutuals in local government. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2801 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to helping public sector staff take control of the services they deliver. The Cabinet Office Mutual Support Programme (MSP) provides £10m in funding to deliver guidance and support to employee controlled services and organisations.</p><p> </p><p>There are now 101 cross-sector public service mutuals across England, delivering over £1.5bn of public services.</p><p> </p><p>More information on the support available through the Cabinet Office Mutuals Programme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/mutuals</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2014-11-17T12:36:27.153Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-17T12:36:27.153Z
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star this property date less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Electoral Register more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers local authorities possess to improve the accuracy of the register of electors in their own locality. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2822 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
unstar this property answer text <p>Local authorities in Great Britain are required to appoint and fund Electoral Registration Officers (EROs), who are legally distinct from the authority which appoints them. The role and powers of EROs is set out in statute. They are responsible for compiling and maintaining registers of electors for their areas.</p><p> </p><p>Electoral registration in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL2823 more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T16:29:47.78Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T16:29:47.78Z
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star this property date less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Electoral Register more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the powers of an Electoral Registration Officer differ from those of a local authority in the regulation of electors. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2823 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
unstar this property answer text <p>Local authorities in Great Britain are required to appoint and fund Electoral Registration Officers (EROs), who are legally distinct from the authority which appoints them. The role and powers of EROs is set out in statute. They are responsible for compiling and maintaining registers of electors for their areas.</p><p> </p><p>Electoral registration in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL2822 more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T16:29:47.89Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T16:29:47.89Z
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star this property date less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Energy more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of local authorities setting up energy companies to provide cheaper energy to their residents. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL3634 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
unstar this property answer text <p>This Government is keen to understand the re-emergence of local authorities as energy companies and the potential benefits to their residents. In order to tackle the barriers surrounding this we launched the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy in January 2014 and we take views from a Local Supply Working Group.</p><p>Our Strategy recognises that local authorities are crucial to community energy activities and sets out how Government intends to help communities build strong and productive partnerships with the public sector. One of the commitments is to carry out a sector survey in 2016, including a local authority section.</p><p>We welcome recent developments in local authority engagement in the energy sector, for example, Cheshire East Council is the first local authority to have entered into a partnership with Ovo Energy under their new ‘Communities’ tariff. It is too early to make an assessment of these developments as the details are still being finalised.</p><p>In addition we expect to know the outcome early next year of the application by the Greater London Authority for a “Licence Lite”– if successful, the GLA will be the first authority to take advantage of Ofgem’s streamlined arrangements for supplying electricity.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T14:52:49.78Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T14:52:49.78Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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