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Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (14 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: Over this spending period, councils will be able to access more than £200 billion to spend on local services; of this, Blackburn with Darwen Council will have available over £590 million. The majority of this funding is non-ringfenced as it is for local authorities who are independent of central government to manage their budgets in line with locally determined priorities.

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

Rishi Sunak: Local authorities are the single biggest investors in community sport, spending around £1 billion a year. Sport England works with a wide range of local authorities, providing expert advice and funding to sustain and increase the number of people playing sport regularly.

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

Rishi Sunak: The Government is conducting a review of the relative needs and resources of local authorities in England, with a view to setting fresh baseline funding levels in 2020-21. We are working closely with local government representatives and others to consider the drivers of local authorities’ costs, the local resources available to them to fund local services, and how we should account for...

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

Rishi Sunak: The Government has no plans to make such an assessment. Local authorities are best placed to decide on provision of public toilets locally, to meet the needs of their local communities.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates (11 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: In 2020/21 the Government aims to increase local government’s retention of business rates from 50 per cent to 75 per cent. Increasing the level of business rates retention to 100 per cent remains the Government’s long-term ambition. That is why, this year we are operating 100 per cent business rates retention pilots in 16 areas across the country. Next year we will also pilot 75...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: East Sussex County Council: Finance (10 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: We have regular discussions with local authorities on a range of issues. As part of the 2019-20 Local Government Finance Settlement, and more broadly, all councils including East Sussex have the opportunity to engage with the Department.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance: East Sussex (10 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The majority of the funding available to East Sussex through our Local Government Finance Settlement is non-ringfenced. This allows East Sussex to manage their budgets in line with local priorities, and they are accountable to their local electorate for the decisions they take over the provision of services.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Council Tax: Dorset (10 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The Secretary of State is currently considering the local preferences on council tax harmonisation that have been received from shadow authorities responsible for setting council taxes in 2019-20, including those views from the Shadow Dorset Council and the Shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He intends, as soon as practicable, to reach a preliminary view on the approach to be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: East Sussex County Council: Bankruptcy (6 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: Through the Local Government Finance Settlement, East Sussex Council will have available over £1.8 billion of core spending power over the spending review period (2015/16 to 2019-20). Funding provided through the settlement is largely unringfenced. Decisions about funding priorities for local services are rightly for local areas to take.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (6 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the provisional outturn estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for 2017 to 2018 on 23 August 2018. Figures are available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-rev enue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2017-to-2018-provisio nal-outturn

Tenant Fees Bill: Financial penalties etc (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: indicated assent. The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England) ( Standing Order No. 83M(4)). [Dame Rosie Winterton in the Chair]

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: May I briefly thank all Members from all parties for their contributions today, in Committee and in the Select Committee hearings? All those contributions have helped to get the legislation into the fine shape that we find it in today. I appreciate all the insights from everyone. I welcome the broad support for the Bill. If Government or Opposition Members still want to engage on the...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: That has not changed. In Committee and during the evidence sessions, there was overwhelming support for the idea of trading standards authorities playing a key role in enforcement, given their complementary responsibilities in similar legislation. We have heard good evidence for that, and they will be supported up front by half a million pounds from the Government in the first year of the...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: My hon. Friend spoke passionately on Second Reading about renters in her constituency and the work she has done with them to ensure that they are treated fairly. I commend her for that, and for raising a very good point. I am pleased to tell her that the Government are funding enforcement activity with half a million pounds of fresh funding in the first year after the Bill is enacted....

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: As the Minister with responsibility for local government, I am full of admiration for local authorities and their ability to do many things. The pace of the creation of new legislation over the past year or two means that many of the local authorities’ powers in this area are relatively new, so local authorities are getting to grips with them bit by bit. I am pleased to say that there...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: As I mentioned previously, Newham is obviously ahead of the curve, and the Committee did hear evidence about that, but many other local authorities are now following suit. Liverpool, Camden and Torbay are examples of local authorities that are getting to grips with the new legislation and putting it into effect in good order. I am pleased to say that, as these are relatively new powers, over...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: I thank my hon. Friend for that clear example of an activity that is already happening that enables redress to be found. He is absolutely right to highlight the potential extension of membership of redress schemes from agents to landlords, which would further improve tenants’ ability to seek redress when they need it and would more generally act as an incentive for good behaviour in the...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: My right hon. Friend is right. He made the same points in Committee, and I appreciate his raising them again today. The Government have listened to concerns that some agents and landlords see the £5,000 initial fines as a cost of business and thus repeatedly refuse to comply. That is why the legislation makes landlords and agents liable for a financial penalty for each individual breach...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: I thank my hon. Friend for that powerful intervention. He knows first-hand, from the excellent work he does with his constituents to tackle this issue, the scale of the problem in particular cases. He will be reassured to know that, while existing legislation allows local authorities to levy a £30,000 fine for a second breach, if they choose not to do so, they can go down the prosecution...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Rishi Sunak: I am sure that the hon. Lady knows that it would not be appropriate for the Government to monitor every single rental transaction that takes place, but the job of the lead enforcement agency is to have exactly that oversight for the industry. I would point out that the Government will fund the first year’s cost for trading standards and enforcement authorities to the tune of about...


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