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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.

Photo: Neil Howard

Carolyn Harris 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 23 May 2018: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris voted 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: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris voted against giving a Secretary of State the power to ban certain types of planning condition in England. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris 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 3 May 2016: Carolyn Harris was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 4 — Provision of Discounted Starter Homes Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris voted against giving local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Carolyn Harris 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 21 Oct 2015: Carolyn Harris 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: Carolyn Harris voted against allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and against enabling councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote

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