Results 1–20 of 1162 for speaker:Kit Malthouse

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Fire Prevention (17 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Last year, the Government commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt to carry out an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. We are considering Dame Judith’s recommendations for strengthening the system and will set out plans to take them forward in the autumn. Separately, we have consulted on banning combustible materials for use in the external wall systems of high rise...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Consultation Papers (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: The Social Housing Green Paper was published on 14 August, with 12 weeks for consultation. While the Government was committed to publishing the Green Paper as soon as possible, it was important that we took the time to ensure that the proposed options did justice to the complex and challenging issues that we are seeking to remedy. As the Government continued to receive representations during...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission: Biodiversity (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Environmental protection is at the heart of our revised National Planning Policy Framework, which is a material consideration in planning decisions. It states that planning should enhance the natural environment by minimising harm to biodiversity and providing net gains in biodiversity. The Framework strengthens protection for biodiversity (including Local Wildlife Sites), and makes clear...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Cumbria (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I refer the Hon Member to my answer of 6 September to Question UIN 169255, in which affordable housing provisions in small sites are described.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Cumbria (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We have announced a range measures to support housing associations and local authorities to build more genuinely affordable homes across England. We are giving councils the power to bid for an extra £1 billion additional borrowing to build a new generation of council housing and we have made £9 billion available through the Affordable Homes Programme to March 2022 to deliver 250,000...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Insulation (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: By the end of August deadline, MHCLG received applications to fund cladding remediation on 156 buildings owned by local authorities or housing associations. We need to carry out the required due diligence before we can take decisions on eligibility, confirm the total amount of funding required and start to make payments. We will still accept applications from building owners who have missed...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Travellers: Caravan Sites (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: My Department published a consultation on 5 April alongside the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, in order to seek views on the effectiveness of powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments. Views were sought on a range of related issues, including the powers available to local authorities and the police. The consultation closed on 15 June and we are currently...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Right to Buy Scheme (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: The Government does not collect data on whether local authority housing sold, acquired or built is detached, semi-detached, terraced or flats. Beginning with Q1 2017-18, local authorities were asked to split the numbers provided between new build starts and acquisitions. Figures distinguishing new-build from acquisitions were not required prior to this. Out of a total of 4,668 dwellings...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: One Housing Group: Finance (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: From 2012-2017, One Housing Group have received a total of £29,427,707 from the Affordable Homes Programme, allocated to them by the Greater London Authority (GLA) for delivery in London. The Mayor has overall responsibility for affordable housing policy and programme delivery in London. Government has agreed a £4.8 billion deal with the GLA, including £1.67 billion announced...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: One Housing Group (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: MHCLG has not received any representations over the past five years on property maintenance, management, and customer service record of One Housing Group. However, tenants approach the Housing Ombudsman to resolve individual complaints. More information on the Ombudsman can be found here: https://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/ Furthermore, the independent regulator of social housing is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: To date, Government has spent over £46 million to support recovery following the Grenfell Tower fire, and has committed an additional £34 million, which includes re-housing costs, new mental health support services, investment in the Lancaster West Estate and a new community space. With reference solely to options (i) and (ii) in paragraph 3.9 of the 'Housing options and support...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: The Government has committed to developing further statutory guidance for local authorities to enhance their use of existing Housing Act powers in relation to fire safety hazards associated with cladding on high-rise residential buildings. We anticipate being in a position to publish our proposals for doing this in the coming weeks.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Public Telephones: Planning Permission (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We are aware of concerns expressed about the impact of a proliferation of telephone kiosks with advertising panels in some areas. This raises a number of important issues, relating to permitted development rights, advertising consents, and the powers available to Electronic Communications Code Operators, which are being considered.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Hendon (11 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Estimates of house building; new build dwellings completions for England and in each local authority district, to March quarter 2018, are shown in Live Table 253a at the following link. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tab les-on-house-building These cover new build dwellings only and should be regarded as a leading indicator of overall housing supply. The Department...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: May I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) on securing this important debate and thanking all those who contributed? I recognise that feelings are strong across the House, and the turnout this evening, as my right hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) pointed out, is an indication of that strength...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I have to confess that I was not privy to the meeting, but I understand that the pros and cons of the Irish model were discussed in some detail, and I think there are some cons as well as pros. The second broad issue that was raised, quite rightly, by my hon. Friend the Member for South West Bedfordshire was the living conditions on sites. He made an important point about the conditions on...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I do recognise the problem that my hon. Friend raises, and I would be more than happy to sit down with him and discuss what specific changes he thinks are required to planning legislation to deal with some of these anomalies. Anything we can do to facilitate correct planning enforcement, particularly on some of these condition issues, would obviously be welcome. I am happy to give him that...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I will move on to planning issues in a moment, so I will address the hon. Gentleman’s question then, if I may. The third area that my hon. Friend the Member for South West Bedfordshire raised was educational outcomes. He made a very important point. It is shocking when we consider the educational outcomes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children. I am concerned by the findings of the...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I completely agree with my hon. Friend but, as he knows, the subject of home schooling and the rights of parents over the rights of the state is a matter of debate at the moment, and something that I know the House will want to opine on in future. That is pertinent to this area in particular. I have inquired of Gypsy communities in my constituency whether their children are at school, and...

Gypsies and Travellers (10 Sep 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I acknowledge the issue my hon. Friend raises with regard to segregation, but notwithstanding the percentage he mentions, a significant percentage of the travelling community still wishes to live a nomadic lifestyle. The question is how we best facilitate that, so that the impact of that lifestyle on existing communities is minimised, while at the same time allowing those who do wish to...


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