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star this property date less than 2015-03-16more like thismore than 2015-03-16
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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 Empty Property: Shops more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the length of time that vacant shops remain empty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
star this property answer text <p>Our town centres and high streets have undergone dramatic changes over the last decade- the rise of online shopping, the effect of out of town retail parks and huge shifts in consumer spending patterns have all offered significant challenges. However, despite this, our high streets and town centres have fought back and up and down the country teams of local people are working hard to make our high streets great places to visit, live or work.</p><p> </p><p>A recent study from Southampton University showed how high streets are facing these challenges head on, meeting customers’ needs by offering a more convenient, creative and varied shopping experience, which increasingly offers more leisure opportunities.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, since 2010 national vacancy rates have continued to fall. Recent research by Deloitte showed that since 2009, high street vacancies as a result of high-profile administrations had been filled more successfully than those in out-of-town shopping centres and out-of-town retail parks.</p><p> </p><p>However the Government is not complacent and understands that the town centre needs to continue to evolve towards the provision of services and leisure alongside traditional retail. We are committed to supporting our high streets to embrace that change and to continue to hold their place at the heart of our communities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has taken a number of significant steps to tackle vacant shops. We have relaxed planning rules to support “meanwhile use” as well as introducing new permitted development rights making it simpler to change use, so making it easier for businesses to respond to the needs of their communities.</p><p> </p><p>We have also taken forward a range of measures to tackle over-zealous parking enforcement that undermines the vitality of town centres, driving people out of town. We are restricting the use of CCTV ‘spy cars’ to enforce parking (through the Deregulation Bill currently going through Parliament). We have introduced 10 minute ‘grace periods’ when parking on-street allowing additional parking time before a late penalty is imposed, which will come into force in early April. We have published new statutory guidance allowing local people and businesses to demand a review of parking in their area, and we are reforming parking guidance so it is less heavy handed with motorists.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has also introduced a range of support for high streets through business rates. As well as offering business rate discounts to new occupants of previously empty shops, the Government has doubled Small Business Rate Relief for a further year (2015-16) and offered a 2% cap on the inflation increase for 2015-16, for the second year. This comes in addition to funding 50% of all local discounts granted, increasing the temporary discount for shops, pubs and restaurants with rateable values below £50,000 and offering a 100% rate relief for empty new builds. Finally, as announced at Autumn Statement 2014, the Government is also undertaking a long-term and wide-ranging review of business rates to ensure they are fit for purpose for a 21st century economy and allow our high streets to thrive.</p><p> </p><p>We have also championed the innovative use of vacant shops through <a href="http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-award" target="_blank">the Great British High Street Competition.</a> A number of the entrants set out the innovative ways that they are tackling empty shops on the high streets and we have promoted their examples on the <a href="http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/" target="_blank">Great British High Street Portal</a> and through documents such as <a href="http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/pdf/GBHS-Celebrating-The-GB-High-Street.pdf" target="_blank">Celebrating the Great British High Street</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
star this property answering member printed Penny Mordaunt remove filter
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less than 2015-03-23T17:42:01.277Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:42:01.277Z
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227492
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star this property date less than 2015-03-16more like thismore than 2015-03-16
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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 Enterprise Partnerships more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to promote best practice between local authorities and local enterprise partnerships. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 227695 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-03-19more like thismore than 2015-03-19
star this property answer text <p>Since 2011 the government has funded the Local Enterprise Partnerships Network to enable them to come together to discuss issues of shared interest, provide a shared platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practice and support private sector board members to build capacity.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We also established the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth in October 2013. The Centre, which is co-funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Economic and Social Research Council has a key objective which is to ensure that robust evidence is embedded in the development of policy on local economic growth and that new policies are effectively evaluated. As part of its work the Centre engages with an extensive network of practitioners, including local enterprise partnerships and local authorities to develop and disseminate best practice and develop communities of interest.</p><p> </p><p>Local Enterprise Partnerships, which are partnerships of local authorities and business are proactively working across their boundaries, often through the Local Government Association, on areas of shared interest.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2015-03-19T16:39:25.727Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-19T16:39:25.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar 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 Parking 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, with reference to his Department's announcement, Government delivers on parking promises to help local shops, published on 6 March 2015, if he will take further steps to ensure that local authority parking schemes are more advantageous to motorists. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 228091 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-03-25more like thismore than 2015-03-25
star this property answer text <p>Higher parking charges and more parking fines were the explicit policy of the Labour Government.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Labour Ministers called for councils to charge for more services, including parking, bemoaning that: ‘Only one in five councils are using charging to the full potential... [such as for] reducing congestion’ (Speech to the Local Government Association, 2 July 2008).</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Planning guidance issued by the Labour Government in 2001 (PPG13) told councils to hike parking charges and adopt aggressive enforcement to discourage drivers.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Labour Ministers asserted: ‘The local government sector already has significant powers to raise revenue through fees and charges in return for the provision of services, and many councils have used this mechanism extensively to support local service delivery (for example through parking charges… The Government supports councils in looking creatively at the scope offered by fees and charges’ (DCLG, <em>Government response to the CLG Select Committee report into the balance of power: central and local government</em>, 18 September 2009).</li></ul><p> </p><p>Yet unreasonable parking charges and fines push up hard-working people’s cost of living. If parking is too expensive or difficult, shoppers will simply drive to out of town supermarkets or just shop on-line, undermining the vitality of town centres and leading to ‘ghost town’ high streets. This Government has rejected the Labour policy of encouraging higher parking charges and aggressive parking enforcement, and has been standing up for hard-working people and local shops.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2010, we have:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Scrapped Labour’s Whitehall policy that pressured councils to hike car parking charges as a ‘demand management measure’ to discourage car use.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Removed Whitehall restrictions which restricted the provision of off-street parking spaces, and issued new national planning policy to discourage unnecessary restrictions on parking spaces being provided in new developments.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Abolished Labour’s Whitehall policy which inhibited parking charge competition between council areas, and instead introduced a new policy that says parking charges should not undermine the vitality of town centres, and stated that parking enforcement should be proportionate;</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Issued new planning practice guidance on removing street clutter and encouraging the provision of shopper-friendly parking space provision.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Introduced the local retention of business rates, which means that councils benefit from business and retail growth in town centres, rather than just hiking parking charges.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Increased parking transparency through the local government Transparency Code so councils are required to publish how income from parking charges is being used.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Stopped the industrial use of CCTV for parking enforcement: this will commence in April following the Deregulation Bill receiving Royal Assent.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Introduced a mandatory 10 minute “grace period” at the end of on-street and off-street, free and paid municipal parking.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Introduced a new right to allow local residents and local firms to demand a review of parking in their area, including charges and the use of yellow lines.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Changed guidance so drivers parking at an out-of-order meter are not fined if there are no alternative ways to pay.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Reformed statutory parking guidance so it is less heavy handed with drivers, prevents over-aggressive action by bailiffs, positively supports local shops and clearly reinforces the prohibition against parking being used to generate profit.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Updated guidance so the public know when they can be awarded costs at tribunals; strengthened the power of adjudicators to overturn parking fines; frozen parking fines in this Parliament; the Government will also be trialling a 25% discount for motorists who lose an appeal against a parking ticket at tribunal on the full price of their parking ticket</li></ul><p> </p><p>My Department has now taken on the policy responsibility for off-street parking, both municipal and on private land. We will consult shortly on areas where we can intervene to tackle unfair practices. We will also address the issue of local authorities not offering any cash payment facilities in municipal parking.<br><br></p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
star this property answering member printed Penny Mordaunt remove filter
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less than 2015-03-25T17:38:21.16Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-25T17:38:21.16Z
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star this property date less than 2015-03-20more like thismore than 2015-03-20
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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 Parking Offences more like this
star this property house id 1 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 steps his Department is taking to prevent illegal parking on private property and land. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 228561 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
star this property answer text <p>On 12 March 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government took on the policy responsibility for off-street parking, both municipal and on private land. We expect to consult shortly on areas where we can intervene to tackle unfair practices.<br><br></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T12:21:12.87Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T12:21:12.87Z
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450713
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star this property date less than 2016-02-04more like thismore than 2016-02-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the additional capabilities the Joint Force 2025 will provide to the armed forces. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 25869 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-02-09more like thismore than 2016-02-09
star this property answer text <p>Joint Force 2025 is about rebalancing our Armed Forces to strengthen the front line and maintain our military advantage. It will ensure that the Armed Forces are able to tackle a wider range of more sophisticated potential adversaries.</p><p>Joint Force 2025 will be able to deploy a larger force more quickly or undertake a large number of smaller operations simultaneously and will include enhanced Counter Terrorism capabilities; more fighter jet squadrons; new Protector armed remotely piloted aircraft; Maritime Patrol Aircraft; increased Carrier capability and readily deployable STRIKE brigades. Joint Force 2025 will also benefit from greater investment in new areas of capability such as cyber and space.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2016-02-09T16:29:46.65Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-09T16:29:46.65Z
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star this property date less than 2016-02-04more like thismore than 2016-02-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Islamic State: Military Intervention more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of recent progress of the international coalition to tackle Daesh. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 25887 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
star this property answer text <p>The Global Coalition is making good progress against Daesh in Iraq. Over 30% of the territory that Daesh took in 2014 has been re-taken. The Iraqi security forces have substantially cleared Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and are working to make the area safe for displaced people to return. Further north, Kurdish forces have driven Daesh from the Sinjar area. In Syria, the Coalition is continuing to strike Daesh economic targets, including oilfields where we judge that recent strikes on its illicit oil industry have reduced Daesh's revenues by some 10%.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2016-02-10T16:42:08.897Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-10T16:42:08.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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450716
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star this property date less than 2016-02-04more like thismore than 2016-02-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Islamic State: Military Intervention more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the armed forces are making to the international coalition to tackle Daesh. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 25888 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
star this property answer text <p>Around 1,000 British personnel are directly contributing to the counter-Daesh coalition. RAF Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper aircraft are carrying out strike and reconnaissance missions against Daesh over Syria and Iraq, together with C130, Voyager and Sentinel aircraft. In Iraq, UK troops are also delivering counter-IED training to the Iraqi (including Kurdish) security forces together with other infantry skills, weapons maintenance and combat medical techniques as well as providing a key contribution at Coalition HQs throughout the region.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2016-02-10T16:43:01.627Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-10T16:43:01.627Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Navy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Strategic Defence and Security Review on the global reach of the Royal Navy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 26711 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-02-22more like thismore than 2016-02-22
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 27 January 2016 to Question 23411.</p><p>http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&amp;max=20&amp;questiontype=AllQuestions&amp;house=commons%2clords&amp;uin=23411</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2016-02-22T16:37:07.917Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-22T16:37:07.917Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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star this property file name 20160127_23411_QnA_extract_on_Navy_Deployment[1] HOC 26711.docx more like this
star this property title Navy Deployment more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-11-23more like thismore than 2016-11-23
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment and Support Allowance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of pausing planned reductions in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group rates on the rate of employment for disabled people. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 54543 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-12-01more like thismore than 2016-12-01
star this property answer text <p>The Government believes that the changes to Employment and Support Allowance should proceed as legislated for so that people have access to the best support to move closer to the labour market and, when they are ready, into work. New funding of £60m in 2017/18 rising to £100m a year in 2020/21 has been provided for additional practical employment support for new claimants who have limited capability for work from April 2017.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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less than 2016-12-01T16:35:20.437Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-01T16:35:20.437Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter