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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing and Planning Delivery (26 March 2015)

Eric Pickles: ...in their service. The policy has helped to significantly improve performance, with latest figures showing that 77 per cent of applications for major development are being processed on time. Alongside this, we have published new data on local planning authorities’ performance in meeting their statutory duty to process smaller planning applications within 8 weeks. We have...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Holmes of Richmond: ...have heard, the overall increase in personal allowances by 4,500 is a benefit to many people of 900 in their pockets. Four million people have been taken out of paying basic rate tax completely. The measures on beer duty can be laughed at, but this is the third year running in which it has been reduced. That has a positive impact. The increase in fuel duty planned for this...

Bill Presented: Clause 6 — Charge for financial year 2016 (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

David Gauke: ...1,080 under this Government when compared with the original proposals. We have published terms of reference for a wide-ranging ambitious review of Budget business rates to report back to the Government. That is, of course, on top of what we have done on fuel duty, which helps small businesses, and the employment allowance, which does the same. In conclusion, cutting corporation tax...

Bill Presented: Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities (25 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...this afternoon. On living standards, this Government have taken many steps to help with living standards in difficult circumstances, such as the increase in the personal allowance, the freezing of fuel duty and the freezing of council tax. With reference to the impact on small businesses, this Government have a proud record of helping small businesses in the current difficult...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Alok Sharma: My hon. Friend talks about the policies that are being put in place by the Government to help businesses. Does he share my view that the freezing of fuel duty has helped not just businesses but individuals, and can he tell us how much of a saving businesses and individuals make every time they fill up their vehicle?

Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March): Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 (24 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...tax in the G20 from April 2015. Budget 2015 sets out a significant package of measures for a truly national recovery by investing in infrastructure, housing, and science and innovation across the whole of the UK, and building a northern powerhouse. Fuel duty will be frozen for another year. The Government will substantially reduce oil and gas taxes to improve competitiveness in the North...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Policing: Upper Bann (24 March 2015)

Joanne Dobson: ...armoured cars, we could have the farce of officers responding from Lurgan and travelling in armoured vehicles and possibly arriving in Banbridge to get into their standard response vehicles to go out on duty and then return to Lurgan in their armoured cars. Their plans could increase costs rather than decrease them. When you think of the cost that is incurred in moving officers in a...

Amendment of the Law (23 March 2015)

Nicholas Soames: ...a result of this Budget, with 27 million people having their taxes cut and another 4 million people on low wages being taken out of the income tax system altogether—and so they should be. Also, the freezing of fuel duty has made an enormous difference to people’s disposable income. All these steps are most welcome in the south-east of England and particularly in my...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Jim Fitzpatrick: ...not only families but the economy. I intervened earlier on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ask him about the Institute for Fiscal Studies report on migrant labour fuelling the economy, which was reported on in yesterday’s Independent and today’s Guardian. We do not seem to have acknowledged the contribution of migrants to the economy and how they...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing Update (20 March 2015)

Brandon Lewis: ...1989 to bring that stock into the Housing Revenue Account. However, the requirement to account for stock in the Housing Revenue Account does not include accommodation being used to prevent homelessness or end a homelessness duty in the private rented sector, or for use as temporary accommodation. Temporary accommodation, including for homelessness purposes, would not normally be held...

Amendment of the Law (19 March 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Andrea Leadsom: ...average household is 900 better off. My right hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds) welcomed the fall in unemployment, the many who have been taken out of tax, and the fuel duty freeze, which has been great for his constituents. My hon. Friend the Member for Dudley South (Chris Kelly) spoke about the fact that Dudley is full of hard-working people, and said...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 March 2015)

Anne McIntosh: ...the Budget and congratulate the Government on focusing on reducing national debt, which seems to have taken the wind out of Opposition sails. I thank the Chief Secretary for agreeing to a rural fuel duty discount for Hawes. Regrettably that is not in Thirsk, Malton and Filey, but I am sure my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) will be very pleased. Will the Chief...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Brooks Newmark: ...people. It is also good news that the employment allowance is saving about 2,000 per business, because it encourages small businesses in particular, which live on the margin, to perhaps take on an extra one or two people. The freezing of fuel duty has also benefited almost all our taxpayers: my constituents save about 10 every time they fill up their cars. Energy costs coming...

Ways and Means: Financial Statement (18 March 2015)

George Osborne: ...and avoidance from those who, in office, were the friends of the avoiders and the evaders. When we came to office, City bankers boasted of paying lower tax rates than their cleaners, the rich routinely avoided stamp duty and foreigners paid no capital gains tax. We have changed all that, and it was this Prime Minister who put tackling international tax evasion at the top of the agenda at...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Costs (18 March 2015)

Claire Perry: ...of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, decreased by 5%. The Government has contributed to this in a number of ways. The Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed in the 2014 Budget that Fuel Duty would be frozen to the end of this Parliament. The maximum MoT test fee has also been frozen for the duration of this Parliament. Last October, I announced that we would be reducing driving...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (16 March 2015)

John Hayes: BSOG is paid on a fixed rate of 0.3457 per litre and is no longer directly linked to fuel duty. As a result, changes in oil prices will not have had any direct impact on the uptake of BSOG for commercial services. Information on the past amounts of BSOG paid for commercial services is not available. However, details of past payments of BSOG overall to individual bus operators can...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Cross-border Crime (11 March 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Karen Bradley: ...that HMRC is making sure it has the best and most appropriate roadside marker testing equipment, further to strengthen testing capability. From day one of the new marker implementation, its road fuel testing units will be able to use their existing battery of tests to identify suspicious samples, and I should repeat the point that this is not a replacement marker initially; this is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cost of Living (11 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrew Murrison: Cutting income tax, freezing fuel duty, welfare reform, dealing with the spectacular deficit we inherited and keeping interest rates low are practical examples of how this Government are helping hard-pressed families in Northern Ireland.

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