Results 1–20 of 292 for speaker:Rishi Sunak

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Carillion (20 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The Government and local councils’ top priority following the announcement of Carillion’s liquidation is to keep public services running. We are working with the Official Receiver to achieve this objective whilst obtaining value for money. Local authorities will continue to be responsible for funding the services they are responsible for delivering locally. Any local authority...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (20 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: Local authorities are independent of central government, and circumstances within an individual authority can change. Every statutory finance officer within each council must make their own determination whether to act to restrain unaffordable spending if they deem the situation requires it. However, the Department constantly reviews the challenges facing the sector and individual...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (20 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: Ministers and officials at the Department have regular and ongoing contact with the Local Government Association about issues facing the sector as a whole, as well as challenges facing individual authorities.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance: Dorset (20 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The local government finance settlement for 2018-19, approved by the House on 7 February, allocated additional resources to local authorities to eliminate so-called ‘negative Revenue Support Grant’ (RSG) in that year. I acknowledge concerns around negative RSG in 2019 to 2020 and we will be looking at fair and affordable options that will address the problem. I plan to formally...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Mental Health (8 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: My Department is supporting the cross-government strategy to tackle loneliness and social isolation led by the Parliament Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, including by linking our existing initiatives that tackle loneliness to other government policies. Our policies tackle social isolation and loneliness by supporting and celebrating integrated and resilient communities...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Charities: Non-domestic Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: Properties used for charitable purposes are eligible for 80 per cent mandatory business rates relief, which can be topped up to 100 per cent at the discretion of the relevant local authority. This relief is significantly more generous than small business rate relief would be for most charities, given that the latter can generally only be claimed by ratepayers with just one property. Business...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Asylum: Community Relations (8 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The Government is dedicated to building strong, integrated communities. We are committed to ensuring that for all those granted refugee status the transition from government supported accommodation into mainstream services is as smooth as possible. In 2018/19 my department will be funding around 20 local authorities with the highest numbers of asylum seekers to support new refugees into...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: It is a pleasure to close this debate. I thank hon. Members on both sides of the House for their valuable contributions. I pay particular tribute to all Members who are either former or serving members of local authorities and have brought that expertise to bear today. I pay a special tribute to my predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones), who has left impressively...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. [Laughter.] I am sorry—Mr Deputy Speaker.

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: We have gone above and beyond the four-year deal in listening and responding to what the sector wants. That is why last year we allowed increased flexibility in the use of the adult social care precept, and why this year we have proposed additional flexibility on the core council tax referendum principle. On adult social care, of which we have heard much today, on top of the extra £2...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. He rightly points out that he raised this issue in Prime Minister’s Question Time earlier and has made representations to me about it. I am pleased to confirm that my officials and I are looking into the matter. He makes the point well. The existing system does leave some scope for ambiguity, and we will look into that. The vital funding that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Video Conferencing (7 Feb 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The Government consulted last year on a proposal to give local authorities operating joint committees, and combined authorities, but not councils as a whole, the freedom to hold formal meetings using video conferencing facilities. We will respond in due course.


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