Jake Berry: The Government continues to support the community ownership of pubs where they deliver a clear benefit to their local communities. The £3.62 million More Than A Pub Programme is jointly funded by my Department and Power to Change, the independent trust supporting businesses in England. This two year programme was launched in Spring 2016, with the aim to create a lasting legacy for both...
Jake Berry: The Prime Minister’s taskforce continues to work across Government and with officials in Manchester City Council to review requests for funding and expedite where appropriate.
Jake Berry: The letter from the Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region made no reference to the tolling of the Mersey Tunnels which is the responsibility of the Liverpool Metro Mayor. The Hon Member for Denton and Reddish may be mistaking the Mersey Tunnels for the Mersey Gateway Bridge, about 18 miles miles away and running over (rather than under) the Mersey. I’m sure his colleague, the Mayor,...
Jake Berry: As the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, I have frequent meetings and discussion with civic and business leaders, local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other key organisations in Greater Manchester and areas across the Northern Powerhouse. These meetings cover a range of issues relating to boosting local economic growth, including devolution, strengthening...
Jake Berry: A response will be sent shortly.
Jake Berry: The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case. The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery...
Jake Berry: I refer my Hon Friend to the answer given by my Hon Friend, the Minister for Local Government, on 28 February 2017, to Question UIN 65271.
Jake Berry: I am placing in the Library a list of material and representations which my Rt Hon Friend received before he announced on 7 November that the Government is minded to implement the locally-led proposals for improving local government in Dorset and Suffolk.
Jake Berry: I refer my Hon Friend to the Written Statement made by the Secretary of State on 7 November 2017 (HCWS232).
Jake Berry: Our Departments have developed a joint programme of work to better integrate our funding decisions and policies so that we maximise economic growth and deliver an improved transport system for Great Britain.
Jake Berry: The Transforming Cities fund of some £1.7 billion, of which £850 million remains unallocated, is available to all local authorities to bid for to improve intra-city transport. In total, we are investing £13 billion in northern infrastructure in this Parliament—more than any Government in history.
Jake Berry: I am sure that everyone in the House was delighted that in the Budget we agreed a second ambitious devolution deal with Andy Street. While my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, as the midlands engine champion, is the supercharger for the midlands engine, Andy Street is its turbocharger.
Jake Berry: I have already held discussions with Steve Rotheram, the Labour Mayor of Liverpool, who told me that he supported the toll charges.
Jake Berry: That is a tempting invitation to support a bid to the Transforming Cities fund. That is exactly what the fund is designed to do. When people make good, ground-up, locally supported proposals, the fund, on a competitive basis, should be there to support them.
Jake Berry: I am sure that the left-wing think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is delighted its figures have been repeated in the Chamber, but they are simply incorrect. They do not include 60% of our national infrastructure spending or the spending on HS2, which I know, as someone who was born and brought up in the north, and who lives and works there, will benefit the north more than...
Jake Berry: Following the launch of our industrial strategy, the Government are in the early stages of designing a devolution framework for England. Areas such as Derbyshire and the east midlands should seek widely supported, ground-up proposals in line with the framework.
Jake Berry: We are of course aware of Derby and Nottingham City Councils’ metro proposals, although we have not received a formal submission to the Government. I can confirm that the door remains open for devolution in this area and that, in line with our manifesto, there is no requirement for rural areas to have a mayor.
Jake Berry: I cannot comment on a live planning issue.
Jake Berry: Local authorities in London have estimated that the business rate retention pilot announced in the Budget will benefit them by £240 million. There will be no impact from the pilot on other local authority areas.
Jake Berry: The £240 million is new money from business rates growth. Let me share with the hon. Lady the startling fact that 100% of the local authorities that will get the business rate localisation pilot applied for it. When she goes back up to her constituency, she might like to ask her own Labour-controlled council why it could not be bothered to do so.