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unstar this property date less than 2014-11-11more like thismore than 2014-11-11
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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 Councillors more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to encourage more people to stand as councillors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
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Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
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star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee report, <em>Councillors on the frontline</em> (Cm 8582),</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/councillors-on-the-frontline-government-response" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/councillors-on-the-frontline-government-response</a></p><p> </p><p>As well as to the subsequent Ministerial response to the Westminster Hall debate (5 September 2013, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 186WH) and my evidence to the Select Committee of 21 October 2014.</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 remove filter
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less than 2014-11-18T16:50:47.653Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T16:50:47.653Z
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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 Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
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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 Devolution: Greater London more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London and members of the Greater London Assembly on the devolution of his Department's powers to the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Ministers and officials in the Department have regular discussions with representatives of the Greater London Authority on topical matters and matters relating to decentralisation, including, for example, provisions in the Infrastructure Bill, and the implementation of the housing and regeneration powers devolved through the Localism Act 2011.<br><br></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins remove filter
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less than 2014-11-18T16:52:29.787Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T16:52:29.787Z
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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 Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
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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 Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hon. Members have written to him to express concerns about the future funding of local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame M. Morris more like this
star this property uin 213706 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department receives correspondence on a wide range of matters, typically handling in the region of 10,000 letters a year from hon. Members.</p><p> </p><p>On 10 October, the Government published a consultation on local welfare provision in 2015-16, to which hon. Members are very welcome to respond to if they wish.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 213717 more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T16:54:32.603Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T16:54:32.603Z
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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 Grahame Morris more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
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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 Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many hon. Members have written to him to express concern about the future funding of local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hammersmith more like this
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Mr Andy Slaughter more like this
star this property uin 213717 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department receives correspondence on a wide range of matters, typically handling in the region of 10,000 letters a year from hon. Members.</p><p> </p><p>On 10 October, the Government published a consultation on local welfare provision in 2015-16, to which hon. Members are very welcome to respond to if they wish.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 213706 more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T16:54:32.753Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T16:54:32.753Z
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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 Andy Slaughter more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
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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 Buildings more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many buildings owned by his Department have been sold in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
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Valerie Vaz more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department’s estate largely consists of leasehold properties. Since 2010 the Department has surrendered the following leasehold facilities, reducing the annual cost of the civil estate by around £38.5 million:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Building surrendered</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Location</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cunard</p></td><td><p>Liverpool</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Belgrave Centre</p></td><td><p>Nottingham</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sheffield House</p></td><td><p>Stevenage</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mast House</p></td><td><p>Plymouth</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Riverwalk</p></td><td><p>London</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Westbrook</p></td><td><p>Cambridge</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>City Tower</p></td><td><p>Manchester</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lysnoweth</p></td><td><p>Truro</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Piccadilly Gate</p></td><td><p>Manchester</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bridge House</p></td><td><p>Guildford</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Queen Street</p></td><td><p>Leeds</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Eland House</p></td><td><p>London</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><br><br>The move of my Department's main building from Eland House to Marsham Street, to share with the Home Office, will reduce our Department's running costs by £9 million a year from 2015-16, and save taxpayers a total of £220 million over the lifetime of the building's lease commitments.</p><p> </p><p><br></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The table below indicates the number of buildings sold in each calendar year:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Buildings sold</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>Nil</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>Nil</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>Nil</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The Department did hold one freehold land asset, the Fire Service College which has now been sold. In March 2013, the sale of the 365 acre Fire Service College estate, comprising 34 buildings, other non-habitable structures and land was sold for £10 million. The land was covered by an overage clause meaning the Department will share in any profits from future development of the College site. In addition this has generated savings of £3.9 million in running costs per year.</p><p>Following the College sale the Department is currently disposing of 33 houses in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, which were formerly part of the Fire Service College but were not sold with the main Fire Service College estate. So far this year 23 of these houses have been sold generating a receipt of £5,163,100, and a further 2 houses are under offer. The market value of the properties upon which sales have been agreed range from £215,000 to £250,000 and the total expected income from the sale of the 33 houses and linked development land is around £7,500,000.</p><p>The Department holds 10 remaining residential houses at the site, which will be sold during 2015/2016.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins remove filter
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less than 2014-11-18T17:07:03.6Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T17:07:03.6Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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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 Pay more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barrow and Furness more like this
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John Woodcock more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department has reduced staffing costs from £218 million a year in 2009-10 to £95 million in 2013-14. We have also completely overhauled and reformed the system of bonuses, in turn, reducing spending from £1.3 million in financial year 2008-09 and £1.2 million in financial year 2009-10 (£1.0 million in performance year 2009-10) to £440,000 in performance year 2013-14.</p><p> </p><p>For staff who are not Senior Civil Service, this included replacing the Annual Performance Bonus Scheme and the in-year Special Bonus Scheme, with an Exceptional Performance Scheme and in-year Instant Voucher Reward Scheme. The latter is designed to enable managers to provide immediate acknowledgment of exceptional performance for smaller scale achievements over a short period of time. Vouchers are given in values of £10 to £50.</p><p> </p><p>The types of work that may qualify for a nomination include:</p><p> </p><ul><li>identifying and taking actions that results in cost savings and efficiencies;</li><li>stepping in to support colleagues at short notice to deliver business goals;</li><li>delivering high quality work ahead of agreed timescales;</li><li>exceeding the expectations of colleagues or customers;</li><li>displaying exemplary behaviour which reflects DCLG’s values;</li><li>receiving outstanding feedback from colleagues or external customers.</li></ul><p> </p><p>From the scheme’s launch in June 2013 to December 2013, 360 staff received a reward with an average payment of £34. From January 2014 to September 2014, 285 staff received a reward with an average payment of £30.</p><p> </p><p>I am unsure of whether the hon. Member wishes to disparage such small-scale bonuses because they may involve giving out shopping vouchers, yet we believe that they are a cost-effective way of improving staff performance within Whitehall and delivering a better service to the public.</p><p> </p><p>Indeed, the vouchers given for saving taxpayers’ money have delivered at least £40,000 of quantifiable savings and further efficiency improvements on top. Under the Labour Government, the state congratulated those that regulated more, spent more and taxed more. We want to reward those who regulate less, spend less and tax less.</p><p> </p><p>I would hope the hon. Member, as a Co-operative Party MP, supports the underlying principles of staff involvement, economic participation and self-improvement which we are embracing.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
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less than 2014-11-18T17:13:20.927Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-18T17:13:20.927Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Woodcock more like this