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unstar this property date less than 2013-11-04more like thismore than 2013-11-04
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding was allocated from Homes and Community Agency to (a) develop new affordable housing and (b) bring empty homes back into use in Harrow in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
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Mr Gareth Thomas more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Thursday 7 November 2013]</em></p><p>The figures for affordable housing are as follows for the London Borough of Harrow area:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>£22 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>£45 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£26 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£15 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£13 million</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Since April 2012, allocations from the Affordable Housing Programme have been overseen by the Greater London Authority rather than the Homes and Communities Agency. There have been no specific allocations on empty homes over this period.</p><p>As outlined to the hon. Member in the answer of 7 January 2013, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 121W, I would note that the new Affordable Rent model now allows for more affordable housing to be delivered with lower levels of taxpayer capital subsidy and lever in more private investment.</p><p>As the National Audit Office has observed: “The Department selected the best delivery model open to it for the funds it had available” and “The Department has so far achieved its policy objective to maximise the number of homes delivered within the available grant funding” (National Audit Office, “Financial viability of the social housing sector; introducing the Affordable Homes Programme”, 4 July 2012, HC465, pp.6-7).</p><p>I also note that the Mayor's proposed Housing Strategy states: “£1.8 billion of public funding has been secured by the Mayor which will unlock an estimated additional £3.7 billion of other investment for London to enable 55,000 affordable homes to be delivered between 2011-15” (Mayor of London, “The Revised London Housing Strategy”, December2011, p.35).</p><p>Across England, 170,000 affordable homes have been delivered so far since April 2010, and a total of £19.5 billion of public and private investment is being spent on affordable housing over the current Spending Review period.</p><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 694W, on polling stations, what assessment he has made of the effect of foreign language translation by local authorities on integration of non-English speakers into their communities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bromley and Chislehurst more like this
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Robert Neill more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>In March 2013, my Department published new guidance for local authorities outlining how councils should stop translating into foreign languages. As outlined in the Written Ministerial Statement of 12 March 2013, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 5WS, such translation weakens integration; discourages communities from learning English; undermines rather than strengthens equality goals; harms community relations; and is an expensive waste of taxpayers' money at a time when councils need to be making sensible savings. It is disappointing that councils like Tower Hamlets have disregarded that guidance, and reflects broader issues with the dysfunctional governance and divisive practices of the council.</p><p>I would add that in light of previous instances of electoral fraud, including impersonation in polling stations, postal voting irregularities and allegations of improper influence, Ministers in this Department have concerns about the practice of allowing foreign language translators/interpreters inside polling stations. The privacy of the ballot must be protected and voters inside a polling station should not be subject to any pressure or influence to vote in a particular way. In that context, the integrity of the ballot box and of the local democratic process requires independent and transparent scrutiny in polling stations by polling agents, council staff, the police and, indeed, passing members of the public who are also voting. This is undermined by polling room administration being conducted in foreign languages.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Robert Neill more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many proposals have been made by local authorities under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 in each year since that Act has been in force; and how many such proposals his Department has adopted. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hyndburn more like this
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Graham Jones more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Thursday 27 March 2014]</em></p><p>In July 2009, 100 local authorities submitted proposals to the Selector, the Local Government Association. In December 2009, the Selector presented a short-list of 199 proposals, containing over 300 separate requests to the Government. Details of these proposals, the 39 actions this Government said it would take in response and an update on these actions that was published in July last year can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-communities-act-2007-decisions-on-local-councils-proposals-to-improve-local-areas" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-communities-act-2007-decisions-on-local-councils-proposals-to-improve-local-areas</a></p><p>Five local authorities submitted proposals in 2011. We carefully considered all the proposals and took forward two firm proposals. One local authority has submitted a proposal this year. It is under consideration.</p><p>The Government extended the power to submit proposals under the Act to town and parish councils in October last year. Since then five town and parish councils have submitted proposals, which are under consideration.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Graham P Jones more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to establish garden city principles in Ebbsfleet. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency City of Durham more like this
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Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 31 March 2014]</em></p><p>We expect the new Ebbsfleet Urban Development Corporation, once established, to develop the vision for Ebbsfleet Garden City in co-operation with local partners.</p><p>We would expect the Corporation, working with local partners and other experts, to consider how accepted Garden Cities principles, such as high quality, imaginative design, the provision of generous green space, mixed tenure homes and a strong local jobs offer, could be delivered in a way appropriate to local needs and circumstances.</p><p>The Government wants Ebbsfleet to set high standards in terms of design quality. The Built for Life principles are industry developed standards for good design. We would look to those coming forward with development proposals at Ebbsfleet to adopt them, and encourage them to be ambitious by aiming for a ‘green' rating.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 025 of the section entitled Viability in his Department's online National Planning Policy Guidance, what the different funding mechanisms available are. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency City of Durham more like this
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Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 3 April 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 780-782W.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department has provided to Lancaster City Council to ensure affordable homes are built in rural areas in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Morecambe and Lunesdale more like this
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David Morris more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>There will be 228 affordable homes delivered in Lancaster area as a result of £6.9 million of government funding through the 2011 to 2015 Affordable Homes Programme of which 27 homes are in rural areas (defined as settlements with populations of less than 3,000 people).</p><p>In 2011-12, half of the affordable homes built outside London were in rural local authorities and we have delivered over 5,000 affordable homes in the smallest rural communities (under 3,000 people) in the first two years of the current programme.</p><p>The Homes and Communities Agency's funding prospectus for the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme sets out how the Agency will continue to pay particular attention to the importance of delivery in rural areas in providing funding. The work of the Agency is also supported by a network of rural champions. The National Planning Policy Framework and Rural Exception Sites also help to address the housing needs of rural communities.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for David Morris more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many empty homes there are in (a) Rossendale and (b) Darwen. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rossendale and Darwen more like this
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Jake Berry more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Data on vacant dwellings by tenure and district, including Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen, can be found in live table 615 which is available at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants</a></p><p>This table brings together figures on vacant dwellings in England drawn from several separately published sources.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jake Berry more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications made by betting shops have been rejected by local authorities and subsequently overturned by the Planning Ispectorate in (a) Newham and (b) the UK in each year since 2008. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Ham more like this
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Lyn Brown more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>We hold information for England; information for other parts of the UK is a matter for the devolved Administrations.</p><p>The table below sets out the number of planning appeals on betting shops decided by the Planning Inspectorate in England in each year since 2008.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><em>Decision Year</em></p></td><td><p><em>Allowed</em></p></td><td><p><em>Dismissed</em></p></td><td><p><em>Total</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>22</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>17</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>27</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>18</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>There is no clear trend, other than fewer appeals being allowed in the last two years, and I would note that the numbers involved are small. Any planning application or appeal needs to be considered on its individual merits in light of the prevailing local circumstances and planning policies.</p><p>During this period, three appeals relating to the London Borough of Newham in 2011 were allowed involving changes to A2 use.</p><p>The detailed reasoning for the approvals were outlined in the three decision letters, but it may assist the hon. Member to note that (a) one case involved an application which had been rejected on grounds it was a move to a non-retail use, yet the inspector noted that the premises had been operating as a non-retail use for over 40 years, (b) another had been rejected on similar grounds, yet there was already an extant planning permission for the premises to change to a non-retail use, and (c) the other was since the premises was changing from an amusement arcade and was already in use for a form of gambling.</p><p>The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is undertaking a broader review of gambling policy. This Government is taking action to support healthy and vibrant local high streets. This is part of a wider set of measures designed to get empty and redundant buildings back into productive use and make it easier for valued town centre businesses like shops, banks and cafés to open new premises, while giving councils greater powers to tackle the harm to local amenity caused by a concentration of particular uses.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lyn Brown more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-04more like thismore than 2014-04-04
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funds have been allocated to each local enterprise partnership area from (a) the Growing Places Fund and (b) other central government funding since March 2012. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
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Toby Perkins more like this
star this property uin 195307 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Central Government funding allocated to Local Enterprise Partnership programmes since March 2012 is set out in a table which has been deposited in the Library. This includes capacity funding for each Local Enterprise Partnership, Regional Growth Fund for programmes sponsored by Local Enterprise Partnerships and funding for Enterprise Zones which are sponsored by Local Enterprise Partnerships. No further Growing Places Fund has been allocated since March 2012.</p><p>All funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships goes through their accountable body (a nominated local authority) and so no funds are paid directly to Local Enterprise Partnerships.</p><p>I would observe that the north of England has received proportionately the most funding (per capita), followed by the Midlands, and then the south of England, reflecting the fact that we are supporting economic growth in all parts of the country, north and south, rural and urban, shire and city, but particularly those which were left behind under the last Administration.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><em>Total government funding</em></p></td><td><p><em>Population</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North of England</p></td><td><p>£157.8 million</p></td><td><p>16,463,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Midlands</p></td><td><p>£90.5 million</p></td><td><p>12,903,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South of England</p></td><td><p>£106.9 million</p></td><td><p>28,966,600</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Toby Perkins more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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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
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which five companies were used most often to provide temporary workers for his Department in the last financial year; and how much in agency fees was paid to each of them. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Nottingham East more like this
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Chris Leslie more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>In answering this question, we have used the Cabinet Office definition for contingent labour (temporary staff) which includes admin and clerical agency staff, interim managers and specialist contractors: use of such staff for short-term or specialist work can be better value for money than hiring staff on permanent contracts.</p><p>Details of the five companies that my Department has used most often in the last financial year for the provision of contingent labour are set out below:</p><p>Financial Year 2013-14</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Organisation</p></td><td><p>Total Expenditure (excluding VAT)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Capita Resourcing Ltd</p></td><td><p>£1,736,580</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Reed Employment Services</p></td><td><p>£172,702</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd</p></td><td><p>£136,335</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Manpower UK Ltd</p></td><td><p>£40,423</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Premier Employment Group Ltd</p></td><td><p>£22,677</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>To put this in context, my Department has cut spending on contingent labour from £14.4 million in 2009-10 to £3.3 million in 2013-14 as a result of the tightening of its internal management controls, institutionalising these in its systems and adhering to Treasury and Cabinet Office spending rules. This represents a saving of £11.1 million a year (2013-14 compared to 2009-10)</p><p>In addition to the savings on temporary workers, our departmental audited annual accounts for the core Department show that staff costs fell from £216 million in 2009-10 to £99 million in 2012-13, a reduction of 54% in cash terms, or a further saving of £117 million a year.</p><p>These savings also reflect the Coalition Government's agenda of decentralisation, ending the micromanagement of local government, the abolition of regional government, and the broader need to tackle the deficit left by the last Administration.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Chris Leslie more like this