Powers of Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on the extent of powers devolved to local government on a range of matters from planning to the regulation of street trading.

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Margaret Hodge generally voted for more powers for local councils

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

Key votes about more powers for local councils:

  • On 23 May 2018: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Boundary Changes — West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council — Review by Local Government Boundary Commission Show vote
  • On 23 May 2018: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Proposal for Single Tier of Local Government in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole — Invitation from the Secretary of State Show vote
  • On 8 May 2018: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill — Clause 1 — Victims of Domestic Abuse — Benefit Reduction in Respect of Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — New Clause 9 — Requirement for Planning Permission for the Demolition or Change of Use of Drinking Establishments Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — Clause 12 — Power for Secretary of State to Ban Certain Types of Planning Conditions in England Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 4 — Provision of Discounted Starter Homes Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 72 — Vacant High Value Local Authority Housing — Local Retention of Funds for Social Housing Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 4 — Provision of Discounted Starter Homes Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 72 — Vacant High Value Local Authority Housing — Local Retention of Funds for Social Housing Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 78 — Mandatory Rent Level for High Income Local Authority Tenants Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Margaret Hodge voted against turning all primary and secondary schools in England into academies, shifting control over them from local councils to central government. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Margaret Hodge voted against giving local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Trade Union Bill — Clause 9 — Consent of Devolved Administrations and Local Government Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: Margaret Hodge voted against allowing the creation of a combined authority to be made conditional on the authority having an elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Margaret Hodge voted against allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and against enabling councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Deregulation Bill — Short-term Use of London Accommodation: Relaxation of Restrictions Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Infrastructure Bill — Safeguards and Conditions for Hydraulic Fracturing Activities (Fracking) Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Local Bus Services Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Supply — New Towns — Empowering Local Government Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and Betting Shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Regulation of Gambling Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Margaret Hodge voted to only allow the Secretary of State to issue a direction to a local council relating to compliance with the code of practice on local authority publicity where evidence of a breach of a code has been sent to the authority and, if the authority has replied, that a report from the Secretary of State in light of that reply has been published. Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Margaret Hodge voted to give more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Margaret Hodge voted to give local councils the power to remove householders' permitted development rights. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: Margaret Hodge voted for more regulation of the private rental sector, a national register of landlords, clearer information on charges, and the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Margaret Hodge voted against an option to make planning applications directly to the Secretary of State in areas where the local planning authority is deemed to be performing poorly. Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Margaret Hodge voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Spending on Council tax Reduction Schemes Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Street Litter Control Notices — Application to All Non Domestic Premises Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: Margaret Hodge voted to delay enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Margaret Hodge voted against allowing ocal councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Second reading Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Margaret Hodge voted to give authorised council officers, PCSOs and accredited civilians the power to require an individual's name and address when issuing fixed penalty notices. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Margaret Hodge voted to only allow the Mayor of London to designate a Mayoral development area if the majority of councils covering the area agree to the designation. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Margaret Hodge voted to limit the power of the Secretary of State to repeal laws considered to detract from the general power of competence for local authorities. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Margaret Hodge voted against the Secretary of State having the power to implement change a local council's system of governance to a mayor and cabinet executive. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Margaret Hodge voted to make specific planning permission be required for betting shops rather than allowing any premises with permission for use for financial and professional services to become a betting shop. Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Margaret Hodge voted to give local councils more powers in relation to school admissions. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Clause 142 — Directions Releated to Prohibited Actvitity in Parliament Square Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Local Government Publicity Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Education Bill (second reading) Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Margaret Hodge voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on Localism Bill (Money) Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Margaret Hodge voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Margaret Hodge voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Margaret Hodge was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Margaret Hodge voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Margaret Hodge voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Margaret Hodge voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote

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