Clause 95

Part of Localism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 17th February 2011.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 2:30 pm, 17th February 2011

Moving on from the hon. Gentleman’s questions, I have a couple of points. My local council, Salford city council, has some concerns about this, and I have some questions. There is a fear that, even though a levy called the community infrastructure levy is being retained, it may not be possible to use the funds to fund required infrastructure. When the regulations are drawn up, will they specify that the other person specified will  be required to spend those funds on infrastructure? I understand that infrastructure means many different things. In some cases, it might be roads, in others play areas or youth facilities. There is a whole variety of things that it could be, and those properly should be decided locally. Will the levy have to be spent on infrastructure? That is absolutely key.

We are also concerned to know what proportion might go to other persons and what proportion might be retained, because, as my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East has said, that is not clear. Too much uncertainty surrounds the matter as it is specified in the Bill.