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Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: This debate has to be seen against the background of a 79% cut in direct funding to local authorities between 2010 and 2020—those figures are from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Local government has faced bigger cuts than virtually any other part of the public sector, and how well local government has dealt with that is to the great credit of councils across the country of all...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: The Local Government Association has calculated that there will be a £2.3 billion gap in social care funding by 2020, having taken account of the 2017 Budget increases, and there are similar figures from the King’s Fund. The National Audit Office did a report for the Communities and Local Government Committee looking at these figures and basically confirmed their accuracy. There is...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: Will the Secretary of State reflect on the issue of the transitional grant? It may be important to some authorities, but will he confirm the figures Sheffield City Council has given me showing that the authorities that have had the biggest cuts to their core spending—cuts of over 30%—have between them benefited in this financial year to the tune of £10,000? That is the total...

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: I want to start the wind-ups at 27 minutes past 3.

International Disaster Relief — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: Order. Five hon. Members have indicated they want to speak before the Front Benchers. We have got about 45 minutes before the Front Benchers, which is a reasonable amount of time. I do not want to set a time limit. That is just an indication of how long we have.

Public Service Delivery: Northamptonshire (6 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: Yesterday, the Communities and Local Government Committee was looking at business rates and local government finance, and we heard from witnesses from the LGA, CIPFA and the County Councils Network. When we asked whether any other councils were in a similar position to Northamptonshire, the answer we got was not this year, but that many councils are on a cliff edge. With the coming pressures...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (5 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Approved Document B allows for combustible material to be used in the cladding of a building with a storey of 18 metres or more above ground level.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (5 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many times which materials have failed the 8414 large-scale tests conducted by the Building Research Establishment in the last 5 years; and of those materials that failed such tests what information his Department holds on how many buildings there are that are clad in those materials.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Contracts: Billing (5 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January to Question 123892, if he will publish the payment performance data for each prime contractor for the period between April and October 2017 inclusive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Supported Housing (5 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: The Government’s proposals are an improvement on their initial proposals, but one element has brought criticism from virtually all providers, and that is with regard to short-term supported housing. My Select Committee has recommended that for emergency very short-term accommodation of around 12 weeks, there should be a ring-fenced grant to local authorities. The Government have changed...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Codes of Practice (1 Feb 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the guidance to Departments on preparing registers of ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings.

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: If the Minister could allow a couple of minutes at the end for the mover of the debate to come back, that would be helpful.

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: The two Opposition spokespersons are next. Five minutes each, please.

Prisoners: Outdoors Endurance Activities: People with Autism: Public Building Access (31 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: I understand that two Back Benchers wish to speak. To allow time for the winding-up speeches, I ask them to speak for no more than seven minutes each.

Pip Back Payments (30 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: As part of this review, will the Government be looking at people who currently have one component of PIP, to see whether they might be entitled to both components, and will they be looking at people on the lower rate of PIP, to see whether they might be entitled to the higher rate?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: North of England (29 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the surface of the improved road connection between Sheffield and Manchester as proposed by Transport for the North will be constructed using all weather materials.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (25 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the report produced by Atkins for his Department’s industry response group on advice to building owners on cladding and insulation systems in tower blocks.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (24 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that combustable material including cladding and insulation is removed from tower blocks.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Contracts: Billing (24 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken (a) generally and (b) in respect of Carillion to monitor and enforce the requirement that prime contractors pay undisputed, valid invoices within 30 days and ensure that such terms are implemented throughout the supply chain since 26 February 2015; and if he will publish performance data for each prime contractor...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Fire Safety (22 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: I want to refer to Approved Document B of the building regulations and the guidance contained within it. Paragraph 12.7 specifically prevents the use of combustible material in the insulation of high-rise buildings. Will the Secretary of State confirm that the guidance is a lot less clear about cladding and appears to allow for the continued use of combustible materials in the cladding on...


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