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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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 Unitary Councils: Buckinghamshire 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, pursuant to the Written Statement of 1 November on Local Government Update, HCWS1058, what discussions he has had with district councils on implementation of proposals for a new unitary district council in Buckinghamshire; and what assessment his Department has made of the merits of using existing local structures to deliver services to residents. more like this
tabling member constituency Chesham and Amersham more like this
tabling member printed
Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
uin 190323 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answer text <p>I have met with the leaders of all the Buckinghamshire councils who have made clear their ambitions for the new council and their intentions to work together constructively to achieve these. Central to the unitary proposal is devolving services and funding to parish and town councils where they want this, which the proposal explains will enable greater empowerment at a local level.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-20T17:23:23.393Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T17:23:23.393Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
18
label Biography information for Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
1006859
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
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 Parks: Finance 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, with reference to the Fields in Trust report on revaluing parks and green spaces, published on 7 May, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the level of funding for parks on (a) public health and (b) NHS costs. more like this
tabling member constituency South Holland and The Deepings more like this
tabling member printed
Mr John Hayes more like this
uin 191282 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>The Secretary of State welcomes the research from Fields in Trust and recognises the benefits accessing good quality parks and spaces can make to people’s health and wellbeing.</p><p>While no specific assessment has been made on the effect of changes to the level of funding on health and the NHS, we know that increasing the use of good quality green space for all social groups is likely to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. It can also bring other benefits such as greater community cohesion and reduced social isolation.Public Health England’s briefing, written by the Institute of Health Equity, summarise a detailed evidence review here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/355792/Briefing8_Green_spaces_health_inequalities.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/355792/Briefing8_Green_spaces_health_inequalities.pdf</a></p><p>In September 2017, the Government created the ‘Parks Action Group’ to address the issues facing public parks. The Government is working closely with the experts on the group - including Fields in Trust to develop our understanding of the matters facing our public parks and green spaces. Work is currently underway to develop a clearer understanding of the funding picture and to identify a range of initiatives to support the long-term sustainability of our parks and green spaces.</p>
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-21T13:52:27.863Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T13:52:27.863Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
350
label Biography information for Sir John Hayes more like this
1006922
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
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 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 proportion of houses in the UK are marked as (a) empty and (b) a second home for Council Tax purposes. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 191278 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
answer text <p>The Department does not collect this information for the UK. However, figures on the number of dwellings liable for council tax and those that are empty or are second homes in England can be found at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/755950/Local_Authority_Council_Tax_base_England_2018_Statistical_Release.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/755950/Local_Authority_Council_Tax_base_England_2018_Statistical_Release.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-19T09:33:12.727Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-19T09:33:12.727Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1007759
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Unitary Councils: Buckinghamshire 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, pursuant to the Written Statement of 1 November 2018, Local Government Update, HCWS 1058, from which businesses and organisations in Buckinghamshire he has received representations on local government reorganisation; and what information his Department holds on the amount of grant funding or financial support those businesses and organisations have received from Buckinghamshire County Council in the last three years. more like this
tabling member constituency Chesham and Amersham more like this
tabling member printed
Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
uin 191992 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>I received representations on unitarisation in Buckinghamshire from the following local business organisations: Buckinghamshire Business First, Buckinghamshire Business Group, Chiltern Chamber of Commerce, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce; 18 individual local businesses also made representations. Information about grant funding and support provided by local authorities to business organisations is not held centrally. The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 requires local authorities to publicise specified data on financial transactions including publishing details of all grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-21T13:51:10.943Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T13:51:10.943Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
18
label Biography information for Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
1007760
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Unitary Councils: Buckinghamshire 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 steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities in Buckinghamshire are able to manage the planning process for the development of High Speed 2 Oxford and Cambridge arc during the transition of those authorities to a single unitary council. more like this
tabling member constituency Chesham and Amersham more like this
tabling member printed
Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
uin 191845 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>The existing councils will continue to fulfil their role until the new council is in place. Subject to Parliamentary approval, implementing secondary legislation will provide that planning for and implementing the transition to the new unitary council is to be the responsibility of the shadow authority and shadow executive. This will include members of the five existing councils. This ensures that expertise will be available from across the area for such key issues such as HS2 and the Oxford-Cambridge arc.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-21T13:50:23.09Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T13:50:23.09Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
18
label Biography information for Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
1010280
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
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 Non-domestic Rates: Northern Ireland 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 discussions he has had with local councils in Northern Ireland on business rates. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann more like this
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 192883 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answer text <p>Business rates are a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and should be a matter for a future Executive.</p><p> </p><p>In the absence of an Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and the Secretary of State for Northen Ireland work closely with the Northern Ireland Civil Service on a range of issues, including finance related matters such as the setting of regional rates.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-27T17:07:00.167Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T17:07:00.167Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1010291
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
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 Independent Mental Health Advocates 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, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness with which local authorities undertake their duty to provide independent advocacy services to people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 192714 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
answer text <p>Under the Mental Health Act 1983, and as set out in the Code of Practice , local authorities have a duty to ensure timely access to appropriately trained independent mental health advocates and ensure that patients are informed of the support that an advocate can provide. I have not assessed the effectiveness with which local authorities provide independent advocacy services; policy responsibility for the Mental Health Act 1983 and for the provision of independent mental health advocates lies with the Department of Health and Social Care<em>.</em></p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-22T14:08:44.23Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T14:08:44.23Z
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
1010741
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
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 Loneliness 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 steps his Department is taking to incorporate the Government's new loneliness strategy into its policy formulation process. more like this
tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Ruane more like this
uin 193407 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
answer text <p>The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is one of nine Government departments contributing to the cross-government work on loneliness. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-connected-society-a-strategy-for-tackling-loneliness" target="_blank">‘A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness - laying the foundations for change’</a>, sets out the Department’s commitment to tackling loneliness across a range of areas, including funding research into the impact of community-led housing and cohousing solutions on loneliness and working with the Local Government Association (LGA) and National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to explore an effective means of sharing learning and good practice.</p><p>The loneliness strategy takes action on the Jo Cox Commission’s recommendation for a family test: it requires government departments to report on their work on tackling loneliness in their annual Single Departmental Plans from 2019/20 and commits to including loneliness in the guidance for the Family Test.</p><p>The Inter-Ministerial Group on Loneliness will be continuing to explore additional options to ensure social relationships are considered across Government’s wider policy-making. The Ministerial Group will publish an annual progress report on the loneliness agenda, recognising that this is just the start of government’s work on this issue.</p>
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-23T11:03:07.78Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T11:03:07.78Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
534
label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
1011660
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
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 Private Property: Parking 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, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to tackle unauthorised parking on private property; and what support is available to people who wish to remove unwanted vehicles parked on their property. more like this
tabling member constituency Wantage more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
uin 194119 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
answer text <p>The Government is currently supporting Sir Greg Knight’s Parking (Code of Practice) Bill that is seeking to create a code of practice for the private parking industry. There are, however, no current plans to further strengthen powers to tackle unauthorised parking on private property.</p><p>Landowners can manage parking on their land under the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. They may also employ a parking operator to undertake enforcement on their behalf.</p><p>Councils currently provide the support to remove unwanted vehicles. They have a statutory duty to remove vehicles that are abandoned on any land in the open air, including on private land such as car parks. There is no statutory definition of ‘abandoned’, and it is for councils to determine whether any particular vehicle has been abandoned. Council officers may legally enter private land in order to investigate and remove abandoned vehicles.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-28T15:19:08.21Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T15:19:08.21Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1580
label Biography information for Lord Vaizey of Didcot more like this
1013170
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
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: Pensions 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, how the governance arrangements of the Local Government Pension Scheme currently comply with the first Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision Directive and the new Directive due to be implemented on 13 January 2019; and if he will place all correspondence on those Directives his Department has had with the EU Commission in the Library. more like this
tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Cunningham more like this
uin 195078 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
answer text <p>The Government's approach to transposition of the two Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision Directives for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) reflects the fact that it is a statutory public service scheme. The appropriate response is therefore different than it is for other, trust-based schemes. Having taken legal advice, our view is that the current governance arrangements of the LGPS, set out in the LGPS Regulations and the broader suite of local authorities' statutory obligations, are sufficient to meet the objectives of the directive. The Department of Work and Pensions has led for the UK Government on negotiation and transposition of the directives with the EU Commission and any request to see correspondence with the Commission should be addressed to them.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-28T15:47:28.97Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T15:47:28.97Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
4122
label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this