I would like to thank the Baroness for participating in the question on homelessness. She raised an important point in relation to the impact of changes to social security on levels of rough sleeping and homelessness, and I committed to write to her to provide further details. I did so on the 30th May and I trust she has now received it. It has also been laid in the library of the House of Lords.
We have strengthened the revised National Planning Policy Framework so that local authorities are expected to have planning policies which identify homes needed for different groups in the community. The Framework acknowledges that essential local workers, including teachers, nurses and social workers, are a group that may require access to affordable housing. Local authorities should...
From April 2019 the Government introduced a new business rates retail discount, providing eligible retailers with a third off their bills for two years. At the 2018 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor also announced a long-term plan to support the transformation of high streets and town centres. This includes a £675 million Future High Streets Fund to help make high streets and town centres fit...
Entered the House of Lords on 14 October 2013
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