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Results 141–160 of 1401 for speaker:Lord Barwell

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing Infrastructure Fund (24 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund, announced at Autumn Statement 2016, will deliver up to 100,000 additional new homes through targeted investment in infrastructure in the areas of greatest housing need. It will support local authorities who are ambitious to meet their identified housing need, or go further, and those who have the strategic vision to work together. Local...

Business of the House: Ratty’s Lane Incinerator (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) on securing this debate on the proposal to develop an energy recovery facility at Ratty’s Lane in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. I know that the issue is of great importance to him, as he demonstrated by the eloquence of his speech. It is also an issue of great concern for many of his constituents, and he does them a good...

Business of the House: Ratty’s Lane Incinerator (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: I have experience of dealing with these issues, because a similar facility is being developed in Sutton, near my constituency. I believe that 320,000 tonnes is the projected annual usage, but that there is a maximum capacity of 350,000 tonnes, as my hon. Friend says. I should say at the outset that, as my hon. Friend kindly pointed out at the end of his speech, proprietary considerations...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Databases (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Office for National Statistics produce statistics for the public good, according to the professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. The Code applies to all UK bodies that produce official statistics, including my Department. My Department works closely with officials from the Office for National Statistics on issues relating to housing data. We are...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Deregulation Act 2015 introduced protection for tenants against retaliatory eviction. Where a tenant makes a genuine complaint about the condition of their property that has not been addressed by their landlord, their complaint has been verified by a local authority inspection, and the local authority has served either an improvement notice or a notice of emergency remedial action, the...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government has published ‘How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England’ to help tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities when renting a property in the private rented sector. This can be accessed online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent. The guide provides detailed information on each stage of the renting process, including how to get help...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The criteria for allocating the £1 billion of short-term loan finance available through the Home Building Fund is available in the fund prospectus which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-building-fun d/an-introduction-to-the-home-building-fund. As housing is a devolved matter, the Fund is only available in England. However, £176.4 million was made available...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Starter Home Initiative (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Housing White Paper confirmed that the £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund will be invested to support the preparations of brownfield sites for starter homes and other affordable home ownership tenures. 30 partnerships with local authorities were announced in January 2017 to identify and bring forward land opportunities. As of the end of February 2017, the Homes and Communities Agency...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Letting Agents (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Social letting agencies can support vulnerable people and people on low incomes to access and sustain tenancies in the private rented sector. We want to prevent people reaching crisis point, and for those who are already homeless to be able to move out of temporary accommodation or hostels to a settled home as quickly as possible. There are a number of different models of social letting...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Garden Communities: Construction (23 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: We are currently supporting twenty-four locally-led garden towns, cities and villages in places where communities want them. These have the potential to deliver over 200,000 homes. We remain committed to supporting other places with ambitious proposals for new locally-led garden communities at scale.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Tenancy Agreements: Domestic Violence (22 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: We will set out the circumstances in which councils can continue to grant lifetime tenancies in regulations and we aim to lay the regulations later this year.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Empty Property (21 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Estate Regeneration National Strategy and funding package was launched on 8 December 2016. The funding will help accelerate and improve estate regeneration schemes and was developed following work with over 120 estates across England. The funding comprises £140 million of recoverable loan funding, £30 million of enabling grant and £2 million of capacity building grant. The programme...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Houses: Closures (21 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Briefing provided by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) suggests that only 10 per cent of the pubs that change use do so under permitted development rights. Planning permission is required where permitted development rights for the change of use or demolition are removed. Planning applications are determined in accordance with the Local Plan, any neighbourhood plan, and other material...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Right to Buy Scheme (21 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: We are working with the National Housing Federation to identify the most effective location for the expanded regional pilot. More details will follow once a location has been identified.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission: Birmingham (20 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Holding answer received on 13 December 2016 In relation to your request at (a) and (b) the information requested is held by the Department and I will place a copy of these documents in the Library of the House. No oral submissions were made to the Department. In relation to your request at (c), officials from the Department met with Birmingham City Council on 23 June 2016 at which...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (20 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Holding answer received on 16 March 2017 The Government recognises the important role that buy-to-let landlords play in the UK housing market and economy. At Summer Budget 2015, the Government set out a package of measures to reduce the budget deficit, rebalance the economy and make the tax system fairer. The measures included restricting the amount of tax relief landlords can claim...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (20 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Holding answer received on 16 March 2017 Access to the private rented sector plays an important part in both preventing and supporting the recovery from homelessness, helping people to rebuild their lives. The Government made a significant investment of nearly £12 million from 2010 to 2014 for Crisis to develop their Access to Private Rented Sector scheme to help people in need to...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (20 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government is committed to building a strong and safe private rented sector, which provides security and stability for both tenants and landlords. We announced at the 2016 Autumn Statement a ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants, to improve competition in the private rental market and give renters greater clarity and control over what they will pay. The Government will consult in the...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: First Time Buyers (20 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government is supporting home buyers with small deposits to achieve their home ownership aspirations through a number of measures:Operating the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, which offers a government equity loan of up to 20 per cent (up to 40 per cent in London) of the price of a new build home up to the value of £600,000;The Government’s Help to Buy ISA helps to boost the savings of...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Leasehold: Right to Manage Companies (20 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: There are statutory protections in place for this matter. A majority of leaseholders is required to set up a Right to Manage Company, which is then governed subject to company law decision making procedures. The freeholder is entitled to apply to be a member after the acquisition date. A Right to Manage Company is subject to two codes of management practice setting out the law and best...


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