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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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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
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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 progress he has made on measures to allow town and parish councils to send agendas electronically. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 193805 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires local authorities (both principal and parish councils) to send summonses to attend meetings by post. Reflecting the take-up of digital communications, Ministers are minded to issue an Order under Section 8 of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 to facilitate this being done electronically; although we do believe that councillors should continue to have a right to receive communications in hard copy by post should they wish, and that this should be reflected in any legislative change.</p><p>We will be undertaking an informal sounding shortly on the wording of any draft Order with key partners, including the Local Government Association and the National Association of Local Councils.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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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 the Government Response to Lord Heseltine's report No Stone Unturned: in Pursuit of Growth, when he expects to publish a draft legislative reform order to ensure that the current legislation on combined authorities is fit for purpose. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 193920 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
star this property answer text <p> </p><p /> <p>As I told the House on 18 March 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 704, and as my rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Mr Eric Pickles) indicated on 3 March 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 621, we are minded to amend legislation to allow councils that do not share the same boundaries to join a combined authority, if they wish. This change can be delivered through a Legislative Reform Order, subject to statutory consultation and approval of Parliament.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar 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 assessment he has made of the financial effect on local authorities when the single tier state pension is introduced in 2016-17 and local authorities no longer receive a national insurance rebate from the contracting out of pensions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 194998 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
star this property answer text <p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Government is currently in discussions with the Local Government Association on this matter.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-10T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar 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, when he expects to announce the allocation of additional support to local authorities in England to support corporate counter-fraud activity. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 197204 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>We are currently working with a range of representatives from across the sector to identify the most effective mechanism for distributing the £16.6 million over 2014/15 – 2015/16 across local government to help local government combat fraud. We intend to make an announcement about our plans for this investment later in the spring.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-25more like thismore than 2014-04-25
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar 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 the spending power is for (a) Wokingham Council and (b) Newcastle upon Tyne City Council in (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 196704 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-09more like thismore than 2014-05-09
star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Thursday 1 May 2014]</em></p><p>Spending power figures by local authority are published as part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, which is laid before the House each year. This information is also reasonably accessible to the hon. Member on my Department's website at:</p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/final-local-government-finance-settlement-england-2014-to-2015" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/collections/final-local-government-finance-settlement-england-2014-to-2015</a> (2014-15 and provisional 2015-16)</p><p><a href="http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/1314/settle.htm" target="_blank">www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/1314/settle.htm</a> (2013-14)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-05-09T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-09T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Council Tax Reduction Schemes 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 assessment he has made of the effect of the localisation of council tax support on the operation and activities of parish and town councils. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 202394 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>I refer the hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement of 5 February 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 19-21WS, which sets out clearly the Government's intention that the element of localised council tax support funding provided to local authorities which reflects reductions in town and parish tax bases should be passed down to those councils.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I additionally wrote to Leaders of billing authorities on this issue on 6 January and 21 February 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The design and management of council tax support schemes is a local matter, and it is for local councils to work together to ensure that any relevant impacts are understood and taken into account.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 202395 more like this
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less than 2014-07-01T13:42:54.6855566Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T13:42:54.6855566Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Council Tax Reduction Schemes 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 ensure that council tax support funding is passed on from billing authorities to parish and town councils in 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 202395 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>I refer the hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement of 5 February 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 19-21WS, which sets out clearly the Government's intention that the element of localised council tax support funding provided to local authorities which reflects reductions in town and parish tax bases should be passed down to those councils.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I additionally wrote to Leaders of billing authorities on this issue on 6 January and 21 February 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The design and management of council tax support schemes is a local matter, and it is for local councils to work together to ensure that any relevant impacts are understood and taken into account.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 202394 more like this
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less than 2014-07-01T13:42:54.5918204Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T13:42:54.5918204Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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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 Queen's Park Community Council more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the performance of Queen's Park Community Council since its establishment on 1 April 2014; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 202396 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>We have not made an assessment of the performance of the new Queen's Park Community Council since its establishment on 1 April. The new council had its first elections on 22 May 2014 and it is therefore still very early in the life of the council. Unlike the last Labour Government, we do not micro-manage the performance of councils.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-07-01T13:46:27.2129102Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T13:46:27.2129102Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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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 Parish Councils 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 make parish and town councils aware of the general power of competence in the Localism Act 2011. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
star this property uin 202397 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>We are proud of our parish and town councils and the role they play in transforming public services. Any parish or town council can take steps to become eligible to use the general power of competence. When the general power of competence was commenced in February 2012 the Government produced guidance on using the power to hold prayers as part of the formal business at council meetings and wrote to the Society of Local Council Clerks. In July 2013, the Secretary of State addressed the Local Government Association/National Association of Local Councils conference on the general power of competence, encouraging all councils to use the power innovatively without looking to Whitehall for permission.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/general-power-of-competence-speech" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/general-power-of-competence-speech</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have worked with the National Association of Local Councils to update the mandatory training module required for clerks to be qualified, as part of eligibility criteria for parish councils to be able to use the general power of competence.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-07-01T13:58:47.4513906Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T13:58:47.4513906Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Council Tax Reduction Schemes more like this
unstar 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, how much funding his Department provided to billing authorities for council tax support schemes in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Corby more like this
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Andy Sawford remove filter
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government provided £3.3 billion to local authorities for localised council tax support in 2013-14 and has made available the same amount in 2014-15.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-07-01T13:41:24.1500323Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-01T13:41:24.1500323Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Andy Sawford more like this