Results 121–140 of 1839 for speaker:Jake Berry

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Stronger Towns Fund: Ipswich (24 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: We are pleased to confirm that Ipswich has been selected as one of the first 100 places to benefit from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund. We have been in touch with colleagues in Ipswich and will be working with them to develop their Town Deal. I hope you will continue to play an active role in shaping their plans.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay (24 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: The department has an obligation to provide reasonable paid time off to recognised trade union representatives to undertake trade union duties. This also includes paid time off for safety representatives as set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code In line with the legislative obligation, set out in the Trade Union Act (2016), information relating to facility time for...

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: The reason that, in just 10 days’ time, we on this side of the House are getting Brexit done is so that we can drive growth across our United Kingdom. From Clacton to Caithness, from Holyhead to Hull, we will be investing millions of pounds in communities, not least £2.5 million in the coastal community of Clackers.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay (21 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: Information on rates of pay for people working for the Department’s third-party contractors is not held centrally. Rates of pay for people working for third-party contractors are determined by their respective employers and this information is not held by the Department in any format. Employment contracts for staff providing facilities management services to the Department are the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pay (20 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: All of the Department’s directly employed staff earn more than £10 per hour and therefore none would receive an increase in their salary in the circumstances outlined in the question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Retail Trade (16 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: The High Street Task Force will support local leaders in their work revitalising their high streets and town centres. It will provide access to expert advice, training and a repository of data and best practice and will also help to coordinate the range of groups with an interest in the evolution of our high streets and town centres. The first 14 locations to pilot the products and services...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Future High Streets Fund: North West Durham (15 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I can confirm that Durham County Council were eligible for four applications in Round 1 of the Future High Streets Fund. There is no record of written representations or correspondence from either Durham County Council or the hon. Member for North West Durham on funding allocations for North West Durham in the Future High Streets Fund. We will open a further round of the Future High Streets...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: This Government are committed to supporting high streets and local leaders up and down the country, and we are doing that through our £1 billion future high street fund, which is part of our larger £3.6 billion towns fund. As this is our first questions after the festive season I want to take this opportunity to thank all the shopworkers who worked so hard over the Christmas period to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: What an excellent question; I would like to start by welcoming my hon. Friend to her place, and her question is a sign of the expertise that can be brought into this House when we have people with long experience in local government. She will know that local government can currently retain 50% of business rates revenue growth, and councils are able to work with those retained business rates...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State visited Brierley Hill, I am sure to celebrate the fact that it is one of the first 100 places under our future high street fund to receive £150,000 revenue funding to work on the exciting plans to ensure our high streets are fit for the future. My hon. Friend, who is, I think, still the chairman of the all-party group on beer, will be working very...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I am sure that, like me, my hon. Friend is looking forward to playing an active role both in her high street and stronger towns fund bid. The idea behind this is to bring together leaders and communities—Members of Parliament, council leaders, business leaders and third sector groups—to come up with a long-term plan for the improvement of their towns. Whichever side of the House Members...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I welcome my hon. Friend back. He has been a redoubtable campaigner in the area of business rates in his time in Parliament. Working with him and through him, the Government have, since 2016, introduced a £13 billion cut in business rates over the next five years. Should we in this Parliament seek to go further and faster? Yes. We are going to review business rates and I am sure my hon....

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: My hon. Friend, as a chartered surveyor, is an expert in this area and, like our parliamentary colleague, he has campaigned vigorously and continuously. In terms of the review, everything is going to be reviewed. It will be a joint review between my Department and the Treasury. All ideas, from all sides of the House, about how we improve the health of our high streets and our business...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I am sure the hon. Gentleman will not complain if I just take the opportunity to wish him a happy birthday. What a great question to ask on his birthday. If he listened to the answers I gave, I was absolutely clear that this will be a fundamental and wide-ranging review of business rates. All arguments, including those set out in the report by the Select Committee he chaired in the previous...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I will happily meet the right hon. Lady.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: The planning White Paper will come out after the conclusion of the debate on the Queen’s Speech, and, looking at how CPO works in our town centres and other parts of the country will be part of the consultation. On the specific issue that the hon. Gentleman raises, it would seem to me a crying shame if this issue could not be dealt with, as we head towards the rugby league world cup. If he...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Streets (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: In terms of practical action, the £3.6 billion towns fund seems to be a good place to start. When we add to that the £13 billion that we are saving for businesses in business rates, we are certainly making some progress, but I will go away and look at the hon. Gentleman’s suggestion about high street enterprise zones.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I welcome my hon. Friend to her place. I know that she, together with the Centre for Social Justice, has been active in this area for many years, which is why I am delighted to tell her that we have a £3.6 billion towns fund, which will support an initial 100 town deals across England, together with the £1 billion future high streets fund. We are working with local government up and down...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I am sure that, like me, the hon. Lady is delighted that one of the first policy commitments of our new Prime Minister before the general election was to say that we should have devolution—mayoral at that—across the whole of the north of England, and I am delighted to report that we are not only proceeding well with negotiations in West Yorkshire but having good discussions with South...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (13 Jan 2020)

Jake Berry: I too declare an interest, as a member of the Darwen towns fund board. I think that we shall be hearing a bit more about that as we work with Members of Parliament, local authorities, businesses and community groups, and ask them to come forward with exciting long-term plans for the rejuvenation of not just their high streets but their towns. We must all remember, Mr Speaker, that there is a...


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