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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 Lighting more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the level of street lighting they should have in place. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
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Mr David Ruffley more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p><ins class="ministerial">Street lighting plays an important role in road safety, as well as ensuring the personal safety of pedestrians. I refer my Hon Friend to the answer of 13 May 2014, Official Report, columns 535-36W, which provides a comprehensive answer on how there is no prescriptive Whitehall guidance, and places in context the policy of the last Administration which actively encouraged cuts to street lighting.</ins></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><del class="ministerial">Street lighting plays an important role in road safety, as well as ensuring the personal safety of pedestrians. There may be some roads where lights could be dimmed in the very early hours, saving taxpayers’ money. However, this should be a local decision by elected local councillors, reflecting local circumstances-specially in relation to any concerns about crime. Equally, not every neighbourhood wants street lighting, as some communities, especially in rural areas, value dark skies.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We believe that councils should listen to the views of their local residents, and then adopt appropriate local policies based on the neighbourhood, the precise location and the usage of the road/street. I previously noted that “Manual for Streets” contains some useful guidance on getting the balance right when providing street lighting, taking into account the different issues around safety, crime prevention, street clutter and light pollution. Ultimately, there is no prescriptive Whitehall guidance, and any assessment will depend on local circumstances and local views.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Notwithstanding, I would observe that Her Majesty’s Opposition seem to have a short memory about their actions on cutting street lighting when they were in office:</del></p><p><del class="ministerial"><em>Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs</em><em>:</em></del></p><p><del class="ministerial">The right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) (now Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) when Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, his Department and its quangos lectured local councils to switch off or reduce street lighting to minimise carbon emissions. For example, in 2007, he personally launched the Carbon Trust Standard, which was tied to an extensive programme to reduce street lighting as part of the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme. As DEFRA Ministers told the House:</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">“All authorities should be seeking to reduce energy usage both to cut costs and to help combat climate change. As street lighting accounts for a significant proportion of the energy used by authorities, it should be readily identified as an area that should be examined for potential efficiency savings”</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">(6 November 2006, <em>Official Report</em>, column 709W).</del></p><p><del class="ministerial"><em>Department for Transport</em><em>:</em></del></p><p><del class="ministerial">The Minister of State for Transport, the noble Lord Adonis (now a Shadow Treasury Minister) when asked about reducing the hours of operation of street lighting, noted that</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">“the Government also support the Carbon Trust’s local authority carbon management programme, which provides councils with support and guidance to help them realise carbon emissions savings from street lighting”</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">(17 December 2008, <em>Official Report</em>, <em>House of Lords</em>, column WA52). Transport Ministers also endorsed the Highways Agency’s</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">‘Efficiency Strategy for Road Lighting’ which led to switching off motorway lighting at night (21 April 2008,</del></p><p><br /><del class="ministerial"><em>Official Report, </em>column 1444W; Highways Agency</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">“Efficiency Strategy for Road Lighting Midnight Switch Off for Motorway Lighting”, 2009).</del></p><p><del class="ministerial"><em>Department for Communities and Local Government</em><em>:</em></del></p><p><del class="ministerial">The right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) (now Shadow Home Secretary), when as Minister in the precursor Department to DCLG, noted there was nuanced debate on the extent of street lighting:</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">“We all recognise the fact that there is a series of tensions around light pollution. People in the cities will never have the same view of the night sky as one can get in the middle of Dartmoor... There can be tensions too at neighbourhood level between the security-obsessed householder who has glaring white security lights stuck to every corner of the house, which flicker on every time a little bird flies past or the cat runs across the garden, and the neighbour who... has a telescope and cannot see across the garden, let alone into the skies”</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">(12 February 2004, <em>Official Report</em>, column 510WH).</del></p><p><del class="ministerial"><em>Department </em><em>of</em><em> Energy and Climate Change</em><em>:</em></del></p><p><del class="ministerial">In 2008, the right hon. Member for Leeds East (Hilary Benn) also personally launched the Carbon Reduction Commitment, which resulted in councils cutting carbon emissions from street lighting, including dimming or switching off lights. The Highway Agency’s “Energy Strategy for Roadside Equipment” (April 2010) explained that the approach of “dimming, trimming and partial night lighting” was a consequence of the requirements to meet the Carbon Reduction Commitment. As DECC Ministers said to the House:</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">“DECC is working to include street lighting in the Carbon Reduction Commitment. This will provide an incentive for local authorities to improve the energy efficiency of street lights. DECC is working closely with Communities and Local Government to develop the policy, in so far as it relates to local authorities”</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">(19 June 2009, <em>Official Report</em>, column 515W). Of course, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at that time was the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband) now Leader of HM Opposition.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">I hope this illuminates the historical fogginess of the Labour party’s current campaign on municipal street lighting. I would suggest the last person out of Labour HQ tonight should turn off the lights.</del></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 2014-11-06T17:31:07.79Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T17:31:07.79Z
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less than 2014-11-10T17:19:10.1286961Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T17:19:10.1286961Z
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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 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 Mr David Ruffley more like this
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star 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 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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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
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 more like this
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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 printed 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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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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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: Pay more like this
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star 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 his policy is on the level of salaries paid to local authority chief executives; what guidance his Department gives to local councils on that matter; what measures are in place to prevent excessive salaries being paid by local authorities; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Yorkshire more like this
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Sir Greg Knight more like this
star this property uin 214718 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s approach to senior pay and reward in local government is set out in the Government’s response to the recent Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into local government chief officers’ remuneration, which is available at:<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-report-on-local-government-chief-officers-remuneration" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-report-on-local-government-chief-officers-remuneration</a></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 2014-12-16T16:43:21.48Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-16T16:43:21.48Z
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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 Sir Greg Knight more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
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 Tax: Lancashire more like this
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star 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 much additional revenue was raised by rises in council tax, including precepts by Lancashire County Council in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Morecambe and Lunesdale more like this
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David Morris more like this
star this property uin 214659 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
star this property answer text <p>In 2013-14, Lancashire County Council reduced its council tax precept. They received a council tax freeze grant worth £4.3 million a year from the Government, which has been incorporated into the baseline.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014-15, the County Council increased its council tax, raising an additional £7.2 million in revenue. However, they lost out on the offer of £4.3 million a year of council tax freeze grant funding.</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 2014-11-27T16:43:43.09Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-27T16:43:43.09Z
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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 printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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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 Tax: Lancashire more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much additional revenue was raised by rises in council tax, including precepts by Lancaster District Council in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Morecambe and Lunesdale more like this
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David Morris more like this
star this property uin 214660 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-10more like thismore than 2015-03-10
star this property answer text <p>In 2013-14, Lancaster District Council increased their council tax level (including parish precepts) from £204.70 to £209.07. Based on their tax base in 2012-13, this would have raised the district £190,000 in additional council tax revenue. However by increasing their council tax level, they also gave up their Freeze Grant allocation worth £85,000 so their net gain was £105,000.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the information above and the additional revenue raised by the County, Fire and Police and Crime Commissioners in Lancaster in 2013-14. The figures for the precepting authorities show the amount of additional council tax raised in Lancaster district and the freeze grant figures are the value of the freeze grant for the proportion of their tax base in Lancaster district.</p><p> </p><p><em>Additional Council Tax raised in Lancaster in 2013-14 (£)</em></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td colspan="2"><p>Council Tax Levels</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>Additional Council Tax</p><p>Raised in 2013-14</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>Value of Freeze</p><p>Grant forgone</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>Value of Freeze</p><p>Grant received</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Authority</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancaster</p></td><td><p>204.70</p></td><td><p>209.07</p></td><td><p>190,000</p></td><td><p>85,000</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong><em>Additional Council Tax and Freeze Grant forgone by precepting authorities in Lancaster (i.e. the Lancaster share of the Lancashire totals)</em></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire County Council</p></td><td><p>1108.30</p></td><td><p>1086.13</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>494,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire Fire Authority</p></td><td><p>63.65</p></td><td><p>63.65</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>28,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable</p></td><td><p>149.93</p></td><td><p>152.92</p></td><td><p>130,000</p></td><td><p>67,000</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2013-14, Lancashire County Council received a Freeze Grant worth £4.3 million in total and Lancashire Fire received £300,000. While Lancashire Police’s increase in council tax level raised them a total of £1.4 million in additional council tax, they gave up a Freeze Grant allocation worth £706,000, so their net gain was £697,000.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014-15, Lancaster District Council increased their council tax level (including parish precepts) to £213.35. Based on their tax base in 2013-14, this will raise the district £159,000 in additional council tax revenue. However by increasing their council tax level, they also gave up their Freeze Grant allocation worth £92,000 so their net gain was £67,000.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the information above and the additional revenue raised by the County, Fire and Police and Crime Commissioners in Lancaster in 2014-15. The figures for the precepting authorities show the amount of additional council tax raised in Lancaster district and the freeze grant figures are the value of the freeze grant for the proportion of their tax base in Lancaster district.</p><p> </p><p><em>Additional Council Tax raised in Lancaster in 2014-15 (£)</em></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td colspan="2"><p>Council Tax Levels</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>Additional Council Tax</p><p>raised in 2014-15</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>Value of Freeze</p><p>Grant forgone</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>Value of Freeze</p><p>Grant received</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Authority</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p><p>Lancaster</p></td><td><p>209.07</p></td><td><p>213.35</p></td><td><p> </p><p>159,000</p></td><td><p> </p><p>92,000</p></td><td><p> </p><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="6"><p> </p><p><strong><em>Additional Council Tax and Freeze Grant forgone by precepting authorities in Lancaster (i.e. the Lancaster share of the Lancashire totals)</em></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire County Council</p></td><td><p>1086.13</p></td><td><p>1107.74</p></td><td><p>802,000</p></td><td><p>403,000</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire Fire Authority</p></td><td><p>63.65</p></td><td><p>63.65</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>24,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable</p></td><td><p>152.92</p></td><td><p>155.96</p></td><td><p>113,000</p></td><td><p>57,000</p></td><td><p> </p><p>-</p><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2014-15, Lancashire County Council’s increase in council tax levels raised them £7.2 million in additional council tax, but they gave up a Council Tax Freeze grant worth £4.3 million, so their net gain was £2.9 million. Lancashire Fire received £305,000 in Council Tax Freeze Grant. Lancashire Police’s increase in council tax level raised them a total of £1.2 million in additional council tax, but they gave up a Freeze Grant allocation worth £706,000 so their net gain was £474,000.</p><p> </p><p>Council Tax Freeze Grant is placed into the baseline: so by not freezing, councils have lost out on ongoing extra funding from central government.</p><p> </p><p>I would add that the ‘gain’ in these cases to the local authority is actually a ‘loss’ to taxpayers: as they are the ones who have to foot the bill for higher taxes. Local authorities’ primary duty is to their local electors. We would encourage every local authority to take up the offer of additional council tax freeze funding available in 2015-16 to help hard-working people with the cost of living.</p><p> </p><p> </p><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 2015-03-10T14:17:07.05Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-10T14:17:07.05Z
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star this property date less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
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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 question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he informed local authorities that dedicated funding for local welfare assistance schemes would no longer be available from April 2015 before the publication of the provisional local government finance settlement; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
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Mr Gareth Thomas more like this
star this property uin 214879 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) on 17 November, PQ 213988.</p><p>The consultation on how local welfare provision should be funded in 2015/16 closed on 21 November. The Government are analysing the responses, alongside the review by the Department for Work and Pensions into existing provision. The Government will make a decision based on this analysis in time for the provisional local government finance settlement in December 2014.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
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less than 2014-11-27T16:37:34.04Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-27T16:37:34.04Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
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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 Travel more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what amount his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) the Government Car and Despatch Agency and (b) other car hire in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Graham Evans more like this
star this property uin 215710 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-19more like thismore than 2015-01-19
star this property answer text <p>Under this Government, the DCLG Group is making a 41 per cent real terms saving against its running costs by 2014-15. This equates at least £532 million of taxpayers’ money in administrative savings.</p><p> </p><p>As part of these savings, my Department has made substantial reductions to the cost of Ministerial cars. Instead of the six cars previously used, the Department now maintains only two cars between six Ministers.</p><p> </p><p>There is a business case for some provision. The Government Car Service provides secure transport for Ministers carrying sensitive and confidential government documents. All travel arrangements are carried out in accordance with the Ministerial Code.</p><p> </p><p>Notwithstanding, our reforms have cut the cost by two-thirds, as shown in the table below.<br><br></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><em>Financial Year</em></p></td><td><p><em>Government Car Service</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>£401,600</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>£418,300</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>£488,276</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£321,592</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£202,819</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£199,191</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>£191,813</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup>Note: Based on DfT methodology for Government Car Service spending, as published and presented to Parliament. Figures exclude VAT which is recoverable.</sup></p><p> </p><p>Additional spending on other hired car services in 2009-10 totalled £28,266, including chauffeurs and limousines (comprehensive figures are not held prior to this). By contrast, spending by 2013-14 has been just cut to just £124.</p><p> </p><p>To provide some comparative figures, the table below, illustrates the spending on Ministerial cars over the last three years of the Labour Government, by Department (excluding other hired car services):<br><br></p><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td><p><em>Government Car &amp; Despatch Agency spending</em></p></td><td><p><em>Total (2007-10)</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (and DBERR &amp; DIUS)</p></td><td><p>£1,863,036</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Home Office</p></td><td><p>£1,474,894</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Work and Pensions</p></td><td><p>£1,351,426</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Communities and Local Government</p></td><td><p>£1,308,176</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department of Health</p></td><td><p>£1,278,190</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cabinet Office</p></td><td><p>£1,262,490</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Children, Schools and Families</p></td><td><p>£1,196,893</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HM Treasury</p></td><td><p>£1,155,789</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Office</p></td><td><p>£1,091,934</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ministry of Justice</p></td><td><p>£938,930</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Transport</p></td><td><p>£845,479</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs</p></td><td><p>£806,189</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Culture, Media and Sport</p></td><td><p>£790,297</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for International Development</p></td><td><p>£755,556</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland Office</p></td><td><p>£655,551</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Other (e.g. Whips / Leaders’ Offices where itemised)</p></td><td><p>£544,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Law Officers’ Department</p></td><td><p>£474,731</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Energy and Climate Change (two years)</p></td><td><p>£402,130</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales Office</p></td><td><p>£372,904</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland Office</p></td><td><p>£277,913</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ministry of Defence (two years)</p></td><td><p>£191,443</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sub>Data sources: 22 July 2008, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 117WS; 16 July 2009, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 80WS; 28 October 2010, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 23WS.</sub></p><p> </p><p>My Department’s tangible savings are in stark contrast to the Leader of the Opposition’s taxpayer-funded Short Money travel allowance, which has risen year on year since May 2010 – a fact which betrays a disregard for the need for all parts of the public sector to their bit to help pay off Labour’s deficit.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which parliamentary constituencies he has visited in an official capacity in 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Sheila Gilmore) on 24 February, Question 208006.</p> more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property hansard heading Mental Health Services more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the progress made by local government in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England to sign up to the principles of the Crisis Care Concordat. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry North East more like this
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Mr Bob Ainsworth more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p>As part of the roll-out of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, published by the Government in February 2014, health, social care and criminal justice partners across England have been invited to develop and sign local Concordat declarations.</p><p> </p><p>I share the aim of my rt. hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Care and Support (Norman Lamb), that declarations should be in place throughout England by the end of 2014. Progress towards this across all areas of England can be found at: <a href="http://www.crisiscareconcordat.org.uk/explore-the-map/" target="_blank">http://www.crisiscareconcordat.org.uk/explore-the-map/</a></p><p> </p><p>I understand that there are plans for Crisis Care declarations covering Coventry and the West Midlands to be agreed shortly.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T14:39:03.413Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T14:39:03.413Z
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star this property date less than 2014-11-28more like thismore than 2014-11-28
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star this property hansard heading Local Government Finance: Ealing more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the London Borough of Ealing receives annually in total government grant; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ealing Central and Acton more like this
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Angie Bray more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answer text <p>In 2014-15, the London Borough of Ealing is forecast to receive £421 million in government grants, excluding mandatory housing benefits. Including mandatory housing benefits, the forecast is £701 million (source: Revenue Account Budget returns).</p><p> </p><p>Total grants (excluding mandatory housing benefits) are forecast to be equivalent to £3,224 per dwelling, which is in the top twenty highest grants to any local authority in England. Ealing residents will also benefit from funding given to the Greater London Authority for its statutory functions (e.g. police, fire, transport, strategic housing and planning). The Greater London Authority is forecast to receive £4.5 billion in government grant, equivalent to a London average of £1,311 per dwelling in 2014-15. Taken together, this is equivalent to £4,535 per dwelling in Ealing.</p><p> </p><p>Leaving aside school spending which has changed due to the funding shift from Local Education Authorities to Academies, in 2014-15, Ealing’s net current expenditure excluding education services is forecast to be £541 million (source: Revenue Account Budget returns). This compares with £450 million in 2009-10 (source: Revenue Outturn Summary returns). This represents a 20 per cent increase in cash terms.</p><p> </p><p>I am aware that the local council leader is claiming that Ealing’s funding will be cut to £5 million in 2018. Not only is this manifestly untrue given no funding settlement has been determined beyond 2015-16, but the figures above illustrate how council services actually remain well funded. Of course, every bit of the public sector needs to do its bit to pay off the deficit left by the last Labour Government, including local government which accounts for a quarter of all public spending. Yet the claims in some parts of the local government sector about “cuts” are completely over-stated and actually mislead the public.</p>
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