Mark Francois

Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford

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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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Mark Francois generally voted against 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: Mark Francois voted to allow local councils in West Somerset and Taunton Deane to propose boundary changes without requiring a review or recommendation from the Local Government Boundary Commission. Show vote
  • On 23 May 2018: Mark Francois voted to allow a proposal for a single tier of local government in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole to be made by the area's local councils without the requirement of an invitation from the Secretary of State. Show vote
  • On 8 May 2018: Mark Francois voted not to give local councils the freedom to decide if benefits to cover housing costs should be reduced in respect of excess bedrooms in cases of new local council secure tenancies offered to victims of domestic abuse. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Mark Francois 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: Mark Francois 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: Mark Francois voted not 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: Mark Francois voted against giving 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 3 May 2016: Mark Francois voted for central Government, rather than local councils, 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: Mark Francois voted against requiring 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: Mark Francois voted to require local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Mark Francois voted in favour of turning all primary and secondary schools in England to become academies, shifting control over them from local councils to central government. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Mark Francois voted to give local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on Trade Union Bill — Clause 9 — Consent of Devolved Administrations and Local Government Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill — Clause 3 — Make Creation of a Combined Authority Conditional on Having Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: Mark Francois 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 "necessary" rather than merely "desirable" to "protect the amenity of the locality". Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Mark Francois voted to require a more extensive set of conditions be met prior to consent for hydraulic fracturing being given. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Mark Francois voted against local government having powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Supply — New Towns — Empowering Local Government Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and Betting Shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Regulation of Gambling Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Mark Francois 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 16 Oct 2013: Mark Francois voted against giving more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Mark Francois voted against giving local councils the power to remove householders' permitted development rights. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: Mark Francois voted against more regulation of the private rental sector, against a national register of landlords, against clearer information on charges, and against the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Mark Francois voted for 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: Mark Francois voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Mark Francois voted against requiring 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 25 Jan 2012: Mark Francois 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: Mark Francois voted against delaying enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Mark Francois voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Mark Francois voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 4 — Power to Require Name and Address for Council Officers, PCSOs and Accredited Individuals When Issuing FPNs Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Mark Francois voted against only allowing 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: Mark Francois voted to devolve more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Mark Francois voted t 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: Mark Francois voted for the Secretary of State to have the power to implement change a local council's system of governance to a mayor and cabinet executive. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Mark Francois voted against making 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: Mark Francois voted not to give local councils more powers in relation to school admissions. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Mark Francois voted to empower local government officials, as well as police officers, to direct that prohibited activity in Parliament Square must either cease, or not start. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Mark Francois voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Mark Francois voted to recommend publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Mark Francois voted to allow the establishment of free schools, to abolish a range of teaching related bodies, to allow student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and to allow teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Mark Francois voted to devolve more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Mark Francois voted to authorise spending relating to the Localism Bill, enabling the devolution of more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Mark Francois voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Mark Francois voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Mark Francois was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Mark Francois voted to enable 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: Mark Francois voted to enable 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: Mark Francois voted to enable 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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