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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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unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark 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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unstar 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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25277
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 is ministerial correction false more like this
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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4153
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
147396
star this property registered interest true more like this
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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unstar 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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25277
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 is ministerial correction false more like this
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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4153
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-15more like thismore than 2015-01-15
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 remove filter
unstar 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 Recreation Spaces more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adopted local plans include the designation of local green spaces; and how many such spaces have been designated. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL4190 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-23more like thismore than 2015-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>We do not collect detailed statistics on individual policies within Local Plans.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2015-01-23T12:05:38.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-23T12:05:38.097Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
348821
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star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar 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 Derelict Land more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent from the £1 billion fund for remediation of brownfield land in each district or unitary local authority in England in each of the last five years. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL300 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to ensuring that brownfield land is used as much as possible for new development. This is supported by our intention to create a £1 billion Brownfield Fund to unlock homes on brownfield land. The Fund is a new initiative and as such no payments from it were made in previous years.</p><p> </p><p>The focus of the Fund will be on unlocking homes on brownfield land to create additional housing. Ministers are finalising the details of how it will operate and are clear that the role of local authorities such as Pendle Borough Council will be crucial.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL301 more like this
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less than 2015-06-16T13:51:03.407Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-16T13:51:03.407Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
348822
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar 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 Derelict Land more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to match the brownfield investment fund created by Pendle Borough Council on a pound for pound basis or in some other way in order to help bridge the funding gap in the development of such sites. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL301 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to ensuring that brownfield land is used as much as possible for new development. This is supported by our intention to create a £1 billion Brownfield Fund to unlock homes on brownfield land. The Fund is a new initiative and as such no payments from it were made in previous years.</p><p> </p><p>The focus of the Fund will be on unlocking homes on brownfield land to create additional housing. Ministers are finalising the details of how it will operate and are clear that the role of local authorities such as Pendle Borough Council will be crucial.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL300 more like this
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less than 2015-06-16T13:51:03.54Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-16T13:51:03.54Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar 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 Plans 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 proposals they have to streamline the local plans process; and when they expect to bring those proposals into operation. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL2220 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-24more like thismore than 2015-09-24
unstar this property answer text <p>Local Plans play a critical role in determining what development is appropriate and where, and it is therefore essential that plan-making is as simple, quick and accessible a process as possible. On 15 September, my hon. Friend, the Minister for Housing and Planning (Brandon Lewis), announced that we have brought together a panel of experts drawn from across the built-environment sector to help look at ways in which we could radically improve plan-making in practice (see attached). The group will consider all elements of plan-making from policy and procedural requirements of plans to how plan-making is practically undertaken. Their work will conclude in early 2016, after which I will set out to Parliament how we intend to proceed to reform plan-making.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2015-09-24T13:54:34.63Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-24T13:54:34.63Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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star this property file name Planning Minister Brandon Lewis - HL2220.docx more like this
star this property title Press Release - 15 September more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-08more like thismore than 2015-09-08
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar 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 Education Funding Agency: Birmingham 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 the role of the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of Spitfire House in Castle Vale, Birmingham, following a change of ownership. more like this
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Lord Rooker more like this
star this property uin HL2078 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-24more like thismore than 2015-09-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The Homes and Communities Agency does not own or control Spitfire House and had no involvement in the decision of Birmingham Metropolitan College to sell the property to the Education Funding Agency. The Agency’s role is limited to determining whether a legal charge it holds over the building should be removed.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2015-09-24T15:56:19.29Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-24T15:56:19.29Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Rooker more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar 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: Complaints 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 whether a councillor who is the subject of, or mentioned in, a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman has the right to know (1) the nature of the complaint, and (2) the identity of the person or persons making the complaint. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
star this property uin HL2217 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-29more like thismore than 2015-09-29
unstar this property answer text <p>There is no requirement that a councillor who is subject of, or mentioned in, a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman be informed of the nature of the complaint or the identity of the complainant. However, the Local Government Ombudsman’s practice is to request that local authorities ensure all interested parties within the local authority are aware of the investigation and are able to comment before the Ombudsman comes to a final decision.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2015-09-29T16:27:50.833Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-29T16:27:50.833Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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2569
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
427457
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-10more like thismore than 2015-11-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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unstar 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 Private Rented Housing: Fees and Charges 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 they are taking to prevent excessive letting fees being charged to private-sector tenants. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL3501 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-17more like thismore than 2015-11-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has acted to protect tenants against unfair and excessive letting agency fees by requiring agents to publish a full breakdown of all charges prominently in their offices and on their website. A fine of up to £5,000 can be levied against agents who fail to comply.</p><p>Transparency is the key to keeping fees low, giving tenants the necessary information to make informed decisions and compare prices and, therefore, creating effective competition that should force agents to keep fees fair.</p><p>The Government has also made it a legal requirement, since 1 October 2014, for letting and managing agents in England to belong to one of the three Government approved redress schemes, offering a clear route for landlords and tenants to pursue complaints and, therefore, driving up standards.</p><p>We will continue to monitor the impact of these new requirements.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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less than 2015-11-17T15:43:15.707Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-17T15:43:15.707Z
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4311
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
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4153
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this