Gypsies and Traveller policy – Peter Aldous.
Peter Aldous: I rise to present a petition from constituents from the neighbouring constituency of Great Yarmouth. They are concerned that the “Home Education—Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance” has been written following significant consultation with local authorities but with no consultation with the home education community; that the revised guidance encourages local...
Peter Aldous: What steps his Department is taking to ensure fairness in the allocation of funding to local government.
Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for those replies, but recent work by the County Councils Network has found that, despite additional funding provided to the last funding settlement at the beginning of the year, county areas including Suffolk will face £3.2 billion-worth of funding pressures by 2020. What can the Government do, in advance of the fair funding and comprehensive spending...
Peter Aldous: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on negotiations with the EU on fishing policy for when the UK leaves the EU.
Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer. Can she confirm that her Department shares the commitment of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the UK having full control of our territorial waters when we leave the EU, with trade in fish and fish products being a completely separate matter, and that there will be no trade deals linked to access to our fisheries?
Peter Aldous: What steps he is taking to support growth in the offshore wind sector.
Peter Aldous: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that answer and I will be at the opening of the East Anglia One operations and maintenance base on Friday in Lowestoft. Offshore wind, as he said, is bringing significant benefits to coastal communities, though to realise its full potential there is the need to ensure that local people and businesses have every opportunity to take part in the...
Peter Aldous: With the construction sector deal setting out several options to tackle poor payment practices, can the Secretary of State assure me that retention deposit schemes, as proposed in my private Member’s Bill, which has significant industry and cross-party support, will be given full consideration and, hopefully, Government backing?
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of industrial injuries disablement benefit claims decisions are changed at the mandatory reconsideration stage.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of industrial injuries disablement benefit claims decisions are changed on appeal.
Peter Aldous: This statement and the White Paper are very welcome as they provide the framework to revitalise the Lowestoft and East Anglian fishing industry. Does the Secretary of State agree that now is the time for regional strategies to be developed within this national framework to ensure that coastal communities derive maximum benefit from Brexit? These strategies should look at issues such as the...
Peter Aldous: What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the 2019 Loan Charge on people affected by that charge.
Peter Aldous: To follow on from the question asked by the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd), the retrospective nature of the 2019 loan charge could bankrupt thousands of people. Will the Government revise legislation to ensure that that does not happen, with the loan charge only applying to disguised remuneration loans made after the passing of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2017?
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the funding model for short-term supported housing and sheltered housing incentivises new development to meet both current and future demand.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with smaller providers on the definition of short-term supported housing; and if he will make it his policy to ensure that those homes and services are not put at risk as a result of any new arrangements for funding housing costs.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether (a) his and (b) other Government Departments have carried out an economic assessment of the amount of money supported and sheltered housing schemes save the public purse annually.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to ensure that that the funding model for sheltered housing will take into account the need for service charges to reflect the actual costs of providing services.
Peter Aldous: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with sheltered housing providers on their concerns on the effect of any caps on service charges on their ability to adapt to meet the changing needs of their residents.
Peter Aldous: On Second Reading, I raised concerns on behalf of Transam Trucking, a specialist haulage company based in my constituency that is a market leader in the music and entertainment transport business, taking bands and acts on tours all around the UK and Europe. In the busy summer months, the company will have up to 250 lorries on the road or in Europe—150 of its own trucks and a further 100...