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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Social Rented Housing: Blackpool 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 Communities and Local Government, how many households in Blackpool South constituency were on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) May 2010 and (b) February 2015. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 227928 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-20more like thismore than 2015-03-20
answer text <p>Statistics on the numbers of households on local authorities' housing waiting lists in each local authority district, including Blackpool, are published in the Department's live table 600, which is available at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-rents-lettings-and-tenancies" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-rents-lettings-and-tenancies</a><br><br>These statistics are not available by parliamentary constituency.<br><br>In the Blackpool local authority area, housing waiting lists under the last Labour Government rose from 4,159 in April 1997 to 6,769 in April 2010. Under this Government, they have fallen to 4,843 as of April 2014.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-03-20T12:38:59.703Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-20T12:38:59.703Z
answering member
4009
label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
227735
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Housing: Blackpool 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 Communities and Local Government, how many families were recorded as living in overcrowded conditions in Blackpool South constituency in (a) 2010 and (b) the most recent date for which data is available. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 227930 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-20more like thismore than 2015-03-20
answer text <p>The social housing reforms in the Localism Act have given local authorities and social landlords the tools they need to tackle overcrowding; while retaining the reasonable preference provisions in the allocation legislation which ensure that overcrowded families continue to get priority for social housing. HomeSwap Direct is there to make it easier for overcrowded social tenants to swap with those who want to downsize. The removal of the spare room subsidy also encourages the more effective use of social housing, by addressing the under-occupation of family homes.</p><p> </p><p>Our Affordable Homes Programme is on track to deliver 170,000 new affordable homes between 2011 and 2015, with £19.5 billion of public and private funding. A further £38 billion public and private investment will help ensure 275,000 new affordable homes are provided between 2015 and 2020.</p><p> </p><p><br><br>Data on occupancy at the local authority level from the 2011 Census is published at:</p><p><a href="http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/key-statistics-and-quick-statistics-for-wards-and-output-areas-in-england-and-wales/rft-qs412ew.xls" target="_blank">http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/key-statistics-and-quick-statistics-for-wards-and-output-areas-in-england-and-wales/rft-qs412ew.xls</a></p>
answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-03-20T12:54:27.47Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-20T12:54:27.47Z
answering member
4009
label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
227736
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Affordable Housing: Blackpool 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 Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes were built (a) for rent and (b) for purchase in Blackpool South constituency in each year from 2010 to 2015. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 227929 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-20more like thismore than 2015-03-20
answer text <p>From April 2010 to September 2014, 400 affordable homes have been delivered in Blackpool.<br><br>Statistics on total additional affordable housing provided in England and in each local authority district , including Blackpool, are published in the Department’s live table 1008, which is available at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply<br><br></a>They include both newly built housing and acquisitions and do not show separate figures for rent and purchase.</p><p>These statistics are not available by parliamentary constituency.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-03-20T12:35:56.5Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-20T12:35:56.5Z
answering member
4009
label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
228286
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Non-domestic Rates: Lancashire 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 Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of small firms and shops likely to be affected by the planned reduction in business rates in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in 2015-16. more like this
tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Stephenson more like this
uin 228218 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-20more like thismore than 2015-03-20
answer text <p>The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced at the 2014 Autumn Statement an extra £650 million of support for 2015-16 business rate bills, bringing the total support of 2013 and 2014 Autumn Statement polices to £1.4 billion. This help includes:</p><p> </p><ul><li>doubling small business rate relief for a further year. In England, this means an estimated 400,000 properties will pay no rates at all, while a further 200,000 properties will benefit from tapered relief;</li><li>a 2% cap on the increase of the small business rates multiplier. This is a continuation of the 2% cap introduced in 2014-15 as part of Autumn Statement 2013 measures;</li><li>increasing the temporary discount for shops, pubs and restaurants with rateable values below £50,000 from £1,000 to £1,500 for 2015-16, benefitting an estimated 200,000 properties in England; and</li><li>extending the existing transitional relief scheme for two years for properties with a rateable value up to and including £50,000.</li></ul><p> </p><p>These measures are in addition to previous Autumn Statement measures that continue into 2015-16, including:</p><p> </p><ul><li>a 50 per cent discount for 18 months to new occupants of vacant shops;</li><li>allowing businesses to keep their small business rate relief for a year where they take on an additional property;</li><li>business rates relief for empty new builds; and</li><li>allowing businesses to pay their business rate bills over 12 months, in order to assist with their cash flow.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Central Government also now funds 50% of any additional local discounts granted.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not collect data on a constituency basis, but Pendle constituency lies entirely within the boundary of Pendle Borough Council. Table 1 (attached) shows the estimated number of properties in 2015-16 within the boundary of Pendle Borough Council that benefit from business rates measures extended in this year’s Autumn Statement. Table 2 (attached) presents the same information for properties within Lancashire County Council.</p>
answering member constituency Keighley more like this
answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-20T12:51:49.573Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-20T12:51:49.573Z
answering member
4043
label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
attachment
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file name 228218 Stephenson.docx more like this
title Table 1 and Table 2 more like this
tabling member
4044
label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
227733
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading ICT 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 Communities and Local Government, which news applications staff in his Department are authorised to download and use on their work-provided phones and tablets. more like this
tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
tabling member printed
Philip Davies more like this
uin 227819 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>The Department for Communities and Local Government does not authorise users to download and use news applications on their work-provided phones. The Department does not provide tablets. However, staff can access news websites through any in-built brower, if necessary.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Keighley more like this
answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T14:32:25.517Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:32:25.517Z
answering member
4043
label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
tabling member
1565
label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
227737
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Translation Services 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 Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2015, Official Report, column 7, on translation costs, what progress he has made in looking into the matter of British sign language translation services. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
tabling member printed
Chi Onwurah more like this
uin 227920 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>This is an issue which we take very seriously and my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State (Eric Pickles) will be writing to the hon. Member fully on the matter shortly. Under the Equality Act 2010, public and private service providers are required to make reasonable adjustments to enable people with disabilities to access a service on an equal basis with a non-disabled person. Local authorities and other local agencies should provide a good quality service to all, and we encourage local people to hold their local authorities to account.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T14:26:00.763Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:26:00.763Z
answering member
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label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
tabling member
4124
label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this
227738
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Staff 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 Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashfield more like this
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Gloria De Piero more like this
uin 227954 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>Numbers and proportions quoted in this response are taken from the Department’s HR database as of 28th February 2015. Figures are based on the Office of National Statistics definition of headcount which includes all staff employed by and paid via the Department’s payroll. Staff that did not provide or consent to disclose their diversity information are not included in the headcount totals or proportions.</p><p> </p><p><em>(a) White or white British</em></p><p> </p><p>1122 (79.6%) of employees identified themselves as White or White British.</p><p> </p><p><em>(b) Asian or Asian British,</em></p><p> </p><p>124 (8.8%) of employees identified themselves as Asian or Asian British. In order to keep with the question, employees who identified themselves as Chinese are included in the total number and proportion.</p><p> </p><p><em>(c) Black or Black British</em></p><p> </p><p>112 (7.9%) of employees identified themselves as Black or Black British.</p><p> </p><p><em>(d) Mixed or multiple ethnic group</em></p><p> </p><p>27 (1.9%) of employees identified themselves as Mixed or multiple ethnic group.</p><p> </p><p><em>(e) another ethnicity</em></p><p> </p><p>25 (1.8%) of employees identified themselves as another ethnicity.</p><p> </p><p>269 employees did not provide or consent to disclosure of their diversity information.</p><p> </p><p>As of 28th February 2015 the Department had a total Black and Minority Ethnic rate of 20% which is higher than the current Civil Service rate of 10% for 2014. The Department’s declaration rate of 84% as of 28th February 2015 is also higher than the current Civil Service declaration rate of 79%.*</p><p> </p><p>*Civil Service Black and Minority Ethnic rates taken from 2014 Office of National Statistics statistical bulletin.</p>
answering member constituency Keighley more like this
answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T14:35:08.843Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:35:08.843Z
answering member
4043
label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
tabling member
3915
label Biography information for Gloria De Piero more like this
228083
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Local Government: Yorkshire and the Humber 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 Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow City of York Council to join the West Yorkshire Combined Authority; whether the new city deal announced in the Budget for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will apply also to City of York Council; when City of York Council first notified his Department of its wish to join the West Yorkshire Combined Authority; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Hugh Bayley more like this
uin 228261 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>The West Yorkshire governance review, published in July 2013, stated the wish for the area of the City of York Council to be included in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, should the necessary legislative changes be made. The Government is committed to ensure that the combined authorities’ legislation is appropriate. Following its recent consultation, the Government intends shortly to lay a draft Legislative Reform Order which, if approved and made during the next Parliament, would give greater flexibility to enable - for example – local authority areas which do not all share a boundary but which are in same functional economic area, to form or join a combined authority. Changes can be made to an existing combined authority on the approval of Parliament. If York and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority wish for York to join the Combined Authority, and if the statutory conditions are met and there is wide local support, this Government would seek Parliament’s approval to make this change. The devolution deal announced on 18 March includes the City Of York.</p>
answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:50:19.5Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:50:19.5Z
answering member
4009
label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
tabling member
385
label Biography information for Sir Hugh Bayley more like this
228085
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Better Care Fund 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 Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that the Better Care Fund helps councils provide services faster and with improved value for money. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 228088 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>The Better Care Fund aims to keep people well and independent at home, delivering better care and value for money. Through locally led Better Care plans, local areas will spend over £2 billion on protecting social care, supporting over 2,500 more people to live independently rather than move to a care home.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Keighley more like this
answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T14:38:02.407Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:38:02.407Z
answering member
4043
label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
228086
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government remove filter
hansard heading Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates 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 Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the local economic benefits arising from the small business rate relief scheme. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 228090 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>We have doubled the level of small business rate relief since October 2010. For 2015-16, this means an estimated 400,000 properties are paying no rates at all, while a further 200,000 properties are benefitting from tapered relief.</p><p> </p><p>Small businesses will also benefit from other measures in our £1.4 billion package of support for 2015-16 bills, including the 2% cap on the increase of the small business rates multiplier for two years and the £1,500 discount for shops, pubs and restaurants with rateable values below £50,000. They will also benefit from wider support for small businesses.</p><p> </p><p>Business rates are a proportionately higher fixed cost for small businesses as compared to large. The doubling of Small Business Rate Relief therefore provides targeted support to reduce small businesses’ tax burden.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Keighley more like this
answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T14:36:52.557Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T14:36:52.557Z
answering member
4043
label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this