Results 1–20 of 1884 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Clive Betts

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...

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...

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?

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...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck). I know that she has long been interested in housing policy and legislation, but what has been clear today—and has been clear for many years to those who have known her that long—is her passionate commitment to housing as it relates to individual tenants and their struggle to secure decent housing...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: Yes, there is a history; the history is that we have not got it right, and that is what we are trying to do this morning. I take the point about the housing health and safety rating system. There have been various efforts in that regard, but in the end the position is still that housing that is unfit can be let to tenants, and that is what this Bill is putting right. In some ways it is going...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: This is a problem: we are certainly getting a lot of evidence to that effect, and we are having our second evidence session next Monday. The Government are bringing in more powers for local authorities to act, and they are welcome. They include, for example, the banning orders that will come into effect in April, which will affect the worst landlords—whose names ought to be up there in...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: This has been a wide-ranging, well informed debate. It is a great credit to my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) and the hon. Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) that they produced a report that not only commanded the complete support of two Select Committees, but has wider support across the House and outside it, among providers and others. That has been...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: It is helpful that the Minister is still listening. I obviously do not know who is on the task and finish group, but I do know the number of providers that are clearly raising concerns; the National Housing Federation encapsulated in one sentence, which I read out. If the Minister listens to that, reflects and makes the change that has been suggested, we will have a much better system—a...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: I think that there is a misunderstanding—shall I put it that way, Sir Graham? The Government have not taken on board the Select Committees’ recommendation, because the term “short term” has been moved. The recommendation actually talks about a mechanism for “very short-term accommodation”, the “emergency nature” of that provision and links to...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Clive Betts: I beg to move, That this House has considered the First Joint Report of the Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee, Future of supported housing, HC 867, Session 2016-17, and the Government response, Cm 9522. It is a great pleasure to introduce this debate. I welcome the Minister to her place. This is her first opportunity to respond to a debate on the...


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