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registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Local Government: Audit more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the failure of EY to complete local authority audits within the required time limits. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield South East more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Clive Betts more like this
uin 264322 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>We are aware of this issue, affecting 19 local government bodies and, together with Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd, are monitoring the situation. It is not acceptable for a professional services firm like EY to be unable to meet its contractual obligations to the statutory timetable and we expect the situation to be resolved as quickly as possible.</p><p>The forthcoming review of the local audit regime will consider the implications of our audit policy, including the timeliness of audit completion.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T13:27:52.397Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:27:52.397Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
394
label Biography information for Mr Clive Betts more like this
1132063
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Local Government Finance: Rural Areas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the rural sparsity factor in the calculation of Government support for rural areas; and if he will ensure that changes can be incorporated within the delivery of the Rural Services Delivery Grant. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 264312 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>The Government’s aim is to increase local government’s retention of business rates from 50 per cent to 75 per cent. To ensure the increase in business rates retention is fiscally neutral, some existing grants (including the Rural Services Delivery Grant) will be devolved to local authorities so that these responsibilities are funded through retained business rates. We recognise that some redistribution of business rates between authorities will continue to be necessary to ensure that no council loses out if it is unable to collect enough business rates locally to meet its needs. We are therefore undertaking a review of local authorities’ relative needs and resources to determine the basis on which redistribution will take place in the new system.</p><p>The review of relative needs and resources will set fresh baseline funding levels for councils in England, and we are working closely with local government representatives and others to examine all of the available evidence for the costs faced by authorities, including how geographical features such as rurality and density affect the cost of delivering services across the country, and how to account for these in a robust manner. In December 2018 we published a consultation paper that set out a proposed ‘Area Cost Adjustment’ methodology to account for these factors. This included consideration of how levels of 'accessibility' and 'remoteness' - the impact of journey times on labour and procurement costs - might account for the additional costs associated with sparsity, isolation or market size. For example, local authorities with longer journey times from service points to households may have to pay their staff (e.g. on domiciliary care visits) for more hours in order to deliver an equivalent level of service.</p><p>In developing this innovative new approach, we have worked closely with both local government and other government departments, including the Department for Transport and DEFRA as champions for rural proofing. Our most recent consultation closed on 21 February and we are considering the many representations made in response, before taking further decisions on the shape of the review.</p>
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T13:36:33.17Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:36:33.17Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1131230
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Council Tax: Arrears more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the increase in council tax arrears since 2014. more like this
tabling member constituency Makerfield more like this
tabling member printed
Yvonne Fovargue more like this
uin 263136 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
answer text <p>Council tax arrears reported by local authorities in England for 2014-15 to 2017-18 can be found in Table 7 of the 'Collection rates for Council Tax and non-domestic rates in England' statistical release. The link to the latest table is <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/743738/Table_7_2017-18_revised.xlsx" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/743738/Table_7_2017-18_revised.xlsx</a>.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-13T16:33:50.203Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T16:33:50.203Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
4034
label Biography information for Yvonne Fovargue more like this
1131231
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Council Tax: Debt Collection more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the Citizens Advice Costs of Collection report finding that council tax collection practices are adding nearly half a billion pounds a year to personal debt. more like this
tabling member constituency Makerfield more like this
tabling member printed
Yvonne Fovargue more like this
uin 263137 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>I am aware of concerns of charities, debt advice bodies and local councils about council tax debt. That is why my Department is engaging with, and reviewing evidence compiled by these bodies with a view to making council tax debt collection fairer, more efficient and compassionate. Following these discussions we intend to publish updated guidance on good collection practices, before considering the scope for further reforms.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T13:37:24.85Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:37:24.85Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
4034
label Biography information for Yvonne Fovargue more like this
1131232
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Council Tax: Non-payment more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 to remove the sanction of imprisonment for non-payment of council tax. more like this
tabling member constituency Makerfield more like this
tabling member printed
Yvonne Fovargue more like this
uin 263138 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>The Government is currently engaging with a range of stakeholders to consider how to improve council tax collection. Following those discussions, we intend to publish updated guidance on good collection practices, before considering the scope of further reforms. The Government is clear that imprisonment should only ever be the last resort for non-payment of council tax. Before a magistrates’ court commits someone to prison for failure to pay their council tax, it must inquire as to the debtor’s means, and satisfy itself that failure to pay is due to “wilful refusal or culpable neglect”. This is to prevent persons who are genuinely unable to pay their council tax from being committed to prison.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T13:38:21.303Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:38:21.303Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
4034
label Biography information for Yvonne Fovargue more like this
1131036
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Local Government: Shropshire more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the additional cost to the public purse of establishing two local authorities in Shropshire. more like this
tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Kawczynski more like this
uin 262309 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>The Department has made no estimate of the cost of establishing two local authorities in Shropshire.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T14:51:29.567Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T14:51:29.567Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1566
label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1131037
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Local Government: Cost Effectiveness more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential efficiency savings of merging local authorities. more like this
tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Kawczynski more like this
uin 262310 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>Our policy is to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval, any proposal made by councils to merge which we assess on the basis of information in the proposal as meeting our merger criteria, including giving greater value for many and yielding cost savings, which were announced to Parliament in a written statement on 7 November 2017 (HCWS232).</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T14:52:13.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T14:52:13.967Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1566
label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1131038
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Telford and Wrekin Council more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the per capita funding is for Telford and Wrekin Council. more like this
tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Kawczynski more like this
uin 262311 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>The core Spending Power per dwelling for Telford &amp; Wrekin is £1,729 in 2019-20.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T15:26:52.537Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:26:52.537Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1566
label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1131039
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Shropshire Council more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the efficiencies accrued as a result of the merger of Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire Borough Councils with Shropshire Council. more like this
tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Kawczynski more like this
uin 262312 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>The Department has made no such estimates following the establishment of the Shropshire Council but an in dependent review undertaken by EY, ‘<em>Independent Analysis of Governance Scenarios and Public Service Reform in County Areas’</em> published in 2016 estimates the savings to have been £20 million per year.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T15:26:05.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:26:05.307Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1566
label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1131040
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Shropshire Council more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the per capita funding is for Shropshire Council. more like this
tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Kawczynski more like this
uin 262313 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answer text <p>The core Spending Power per dwelling for Shropshire is £1,685 in 2019-20.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-17T15:27:09.377Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-17T15:27:09.377Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1566
label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this