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Local Government Finance Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: I do not intend to delay your Lordships too long on this amendment but I was intrigued by the subsection in the Bill which reads: "A payment by the Secretary of State to a relevant authority under sub-paragraph (2) must be made- (a) in instalments of such amounts, and (b) at such times in the year to which the local government finance report relates, as the Secretary of State determines with...

Local Government Finance Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 39 withdrawn. Amendment 40 not moved. Amendments 41 to 43 Moved by Baroness Hanham 41: Schedule 1, page 32, line 27, leave out "paid" and insert "payable" 42: Schedule 1, page 32, line 31, leave out "paid to it for the year" and insert "of the amounts payable in respect of the year under those sections to the billing authorities that are...

Local Government Finance Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: We now move to the safety net for local authorities. The Minister said earlier that this is a very significant matter and clearly it is for local authorities. It is recognised around the House that local government finance is going through a turbulent period and that there are likely to be movements of significant amounts while the pressure on local authorities continues to rise, particularly...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (1st Day) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, the local government finance report will be a really important document when it comes out. My two amendments in this group apply to that. In Amendment 18 we come back to this magic date of 30 November, but some date needs to be suggested. It is fundamentally important to local authorities that we should understand what is in this document within a reasonable time so that we can...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (1st Day) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I have a couple of amendments in my name and one which I share. Before I turn to them, I should like to comment on the significant amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin of Roding. I agree with much but perhaps not quite all of what he said. He is right about what it reveals about the Government's attitude to localism, which is schizophrenic at best. In some ways they push...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (1st Day) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I support my noble friend's amendment and thank him for taking up the amendment that I moved in Committee. I need to declare my interest as leader of a local authority. I must say that I have been dealing with local government budgets for about 30 years now, and the current year is the most difficult one that I can recall. That would be so even if this Bill were not around, because...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (1st Day) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, again I support my noble friend's amendment. This Bill is a huge gamble. It is the most radical shake-up of local government finance since the poll tax. Noble Lords may think that if there had been a review of the poll tax, we would not have had the riots and the other problems which led to getting rid of it. My noble friend identified two fundamental issues. First, will the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Waste Management (14 Jun 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have submitted bids for the Weekly Collection Support Scheme for waste collection.

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I declare my interest as a former director of Manchester Airport, and currently a member of the shareholder committee of that airport. I have, perhaps, a different perspective to some Members who have already spoken here. Manchester Airport serves 200 of the 400 destinations the Minister mentioned, which is, I regret to tell my noble friend, more than Heathrow. However, my different...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Social Care: Funding (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the growth in the costs of social care caused by demographic trends will outstrip the ability of local authorities to fund such care.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Taxation: VAT (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to monitor the application of value added tax to hot foods following the recent change to the plans announced in the Budget.

Local Government Finance Bill: Second Reading (12 Jun 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I declare my interests: I am leader of Wigan Council and chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. I am also a vice-president of the LGA and the vice-chairman of SIGOMA-I shall not explain what that is, but it is concerned with local government finance. It is 30 years since I took my first significant role in local government as a chairman of finance. I have remained...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Regional Development Agencies (12 Jun 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the abolition of regional development agencies, how many staff have transferred to government departments or to other non-departmental bodies; and at what cost.

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, this is the first occasion for more than a year that I have spoken in your Lordships' House, because in March last year I was taken seriously ill. Thanks to excellent medical care from Wigan Infirmary and particularly the Christie Hospital in Manchester I am back and in reasonably good health. I have always taken an interest in health in your Lordships' House because of my role as a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Salaries (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government earn over £100,000 per year; and whether they propose to subject the appointments to those posts to parliamentary scrutiny.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Life Expectancy (8 Mar 2011)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors cause the differences in life expectancy in different parts of the country; and what proposals they have to reduce those differences.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Spending Review 2010 (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the need for social housing over the period of Spending Review 2010; and how they intend to meet that need.

Provision of Epilepsy Services — Question for Short Debate (30 Nov 2010)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I signed up to a dinner break debate. It is now somewhat beyond my normal dinner time, so I shall try to be as brief as possible. I start by declaring my interests. I, too, am a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy, and through that became a vice-president of Epilepsy Action. I am also the leader of Wigan Council, and the reason for mentioning that will come...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Council Tax (25 Nov 2010)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the size of grant to local authorities required to achieve the freeze in council tax; and, given the differential dependence of authorities on council tax income, by how much individual authorities will benefit.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Spending Review 2010 (23 Nov 2010)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the range of reductions in funding to individual councils following Spending Review 2010; and whether they intend to apply damping to improve fairness.


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