Stephen Timms

MP, East Ham

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East Ham Labour

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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Stephen Timms 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.

All votes about more powers for local councils:

  • On 19 Jul 2010: Stephen Timms 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: Stephen Timms 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 26 Jul 2010: Stephen Timms 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 13 Oct 2010: Stephen Timms was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Stephen Timms 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: Stephen Timms 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 17 Jan 2011: Stephen Timms 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: Stephen Timms was absent for a vote on Localism Bill (Money) Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Stephen Timms voted against proposals which would have allowed the establishment of free schools, resulted in the abolition of a range of teaching related bodies, allowed student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and allowed teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Stephen Timms voted against recommending publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Stephen Timms voted to only allow the police, not local government officials, to direct that prohibited activity in Parliament Square must either cease, or not start. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Stephen Timms 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 11 May 2011: Stephen Timms voted to give local councils more powers in relation to school admissions. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Stephen Timms 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: Stephen Timms 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: Stephen Timms 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 18 May 2011: Stephen Timms 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: Stephen Timms voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Stephen Timms 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 10 Jan 2012: Stephen Timms 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 11 Jan 2012: Stephen Timms 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 18 Jan 2012: Stephen Timms voted to delay enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Stephen Timms voted against enabling all non-domestic premises in London, rather than just commercial or retail premises, to be subject to notices making requirements in relation to litter or refuse such as the provision of, and emptying of a bin. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Stephen Timms voted to require local councils to keep the amount they spend on council tax reductions for those in financial need the same from year to year. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Stephen Timms voted against making the sale of motor vehicles on the internet, where the vehicle is kept on the highway, come within the existing street trading legislation which applies in London. Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Stephen Timms 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 17 Dec 2012: Stephen Timms 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 23 Jan 2013: Stephen Timms 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 16 Apr 2013: Stephen Timms was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Development orders: development within the curtilage of a dwelling house Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Stephen Timms voted to give more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Stephen Timms was absent for a vote on Local Audit and Accountability Bill — Clause 39 — Protocol for Issuing Direction Relating to Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Stephen Timms voted to boost housing supply by reforming the development industry; for measures to tackle landbanking; for a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities and for giving local authorities a new right to grow to deliver the homes their communities need. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Stephen Timms voted to give local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Stephen Timms voted to give local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Stephen Timms voted for local government to have powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Stephen Timms voted against requiring a more extensive set of conditions be met prior to consent for hydraulic fracturing being given. Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: Stephen Timms voted to let planning authorities insist Londoners wishing to rent out their homes for short periods have specific planning permission to do so on the grounds the authority considers that it is merely "desirable", rather than "necessary" to "protect the amenity of the locality". Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Stephen Timms voted against allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and against enabling councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: Stephen Timms voted against allowing the creation of a combined authority to be made conditional on the authority having an elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Stephen Timms voted to require the consent of the devolved administrations and local government before applying new regulations on trade union activity within their areas of responsibility. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Stephen Timms voted against giving local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Stephen Timms 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 3 May 2016: Stephen Timms voted for local councils, rather than central Government, , to determine how many starter homes to be sold to first time buyers at a discount are to be required to be provided in new residential developments. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Stephen Timms voted to require the local retention of funds from selling high value council homes where there is a local need for social housing. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Stephen Timms voted against requiring local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Stephen Timms voted to exempt local councils from having to require discounted starter homes on certain new developments if they provide affordable home ownership via other routes. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Stephen Timms voted to give local councils a right to retain payments in respect of vacant high value council houses to provide new social homes where they can demonstrate a need for them. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Stephen Timms voted to make the demolition or change of use of pubs or other drinking establishments subject to planning permission. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Stephen Timms voted against giving a Secretary of State the power to ban certain types of planning condition in England. Show vote

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