Results 161–180 of 1907 for speaker:Jake Berry

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I am disappointed that the hon. Lady thinks I am the monkey.

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: Well, I am not the organ grinder, as she has pointed out, so I must be the monkey. We have a broad team, and given that a lot of the claims made by the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish relate directly to the north of England, I think that as the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse I am the most appropriate Minister to respond to this debate.

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: As my right hon. Friend knows, the fair funding review is under development, so we are unable to say today whether Hampshire will benefit more than any other area of the country, but his point about having a fair funding review that makes sure that we accurately reflect need throughout the country is absolutely right.

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I do agree. I wonder how much attention the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish pays to his horoscope, because that prediction that has as much accuracy as the figures he has gone through today. Of course, the LGA itself said—in what was an extraordinary intervention from its chairman—that the figures were based on an old formula. It acknowledged that a new formula was being worked on and...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I will get on shortly to the issue of council tax referendum limits. We continue to engage with colleagues across our local government family, on both sides of the political divide. If we have not engaged directly with Gloucester yet, I will ensure that we do so as part of our discussions. Building on the mandate given in December to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, I want to set out...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I am sure the hon. Gentleman will welcome the recent discussions that have taken place with local authority leaders across Cumbria. I know that he has influence over his own local authorities, and I am heartened by the open-hearted and open-handed way in which they have approached those discussions. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been clear that we should seek mayoral combined...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I am very pleased that we are making such good progress in south Yorkshire. The hon. Gentleman and I, along with many colleagues across the House, welcome that. He is correct to say that mayoral combined authorities have retained their 100% business rate retention for next year. Following the successful pilots, including in areas such as Lancashire— the hon. Member for Blackburn (Kate...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I suggest to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) that he read page 8 of the Order Paper. The Government’s amendment says that the Government will set out the devolution White Paper and mentions “the £3.6bn Towns Fund and eight Devolution Deals now agreed.” He is a very experienced Member of this House, so I am surprised that he has not yet learned to read the Order Paper...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: Well, we are having fun. As I was saying, the hon. Member for St Helens North approached me outside the Division Lobby, fizzing with excitement. He is embedded on his town board, and is putting aside political differences to work closely with this Government, challenging us on our towns fund and ensuring that he can deliver real benefits for his community. It is only because this Government...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I am not throwing accusations around. I suggest the hon. Gentleman checks Hansard because whatever the funding gap may be, it would have been much bigger if he and his colleagues had got their way. He voted against more funding for social care, and I suggest he remembers that when he is giving out the lectures. In addition to helping councils address the complexity around the delivery of...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: If we double the council tax that is paid by local people, then I will start to take lectures from the hon. Gentleman about what we should do. He should remember his own record. He entered Parliament in 2005 and was here when all this was happening; perhaps he would like to recall that. Taken as a whole, this protection will mean that we see the lowest average council tax rise since 2016,...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I have more—I can keep going. I welcome the subject of today’s debate, because it gives us an opportunity to look at the exciting programme that this Government have for devolution, levelling up and supporting our towns. However, it would be remiss of any Member not to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works in local government. I often feel that being a councillor is a...

Local Government Finance ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: I will not; I am concluding. Let me finish by thanking our councillors and our officers, as well as the Opposition for calling this important debate and giving us an opportunity to discuss the Government’s exciting agenda.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Future High Streets Fund: Putney ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: Putney Town Centre is one of the high streets that have been shortlisted for the first round of the Future High Streets Fund. Shortlisted high streets will now produce detailed business cases for investment proposals to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability. Wandsworth Borough Council has received...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction ( 4 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: Holding answer received on 28 January 2020 In March 2018, the Government agreed a housing package with the West Midlands Combined Authority, to deliver 215,000 homes in the West Midlands by 2030/31, and committed to back that ambition through a Land Fund of up to £100 million. Funding is transferred to the West Midlands Combined Authority when key milestones are met. In addition,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: City Deals ( 4 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: City Deals were bespoke negotiations between Government and Local Enterprise Partnerships conducted in England between 2011 and 2014. The only area at this time to have a Combined Authority in place was Greater Manchester, although Liverpool City Region, Sheffield City Region, North East, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Combined Authorities were all established in 2014. City Deals aimed to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: UK Shared Prosperity Fund ( 4 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: Now we have left the European Union, we will create the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which will bind together the whole of the United Kingdom, tackling inequality and deprivation in each of our four nations. The Government has been clear that final decisions about the design of the Fund must take place after a cross-government Spending Review. In the meantime, stakeholder views from across the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reviews ( 4 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: The Department is currently undertaking reviews in the following areas:The quality and effectiveness of the audit and financial reporting of local authorities in England, led by Sir Tony Redmond;How Government can best engage with faith communities, led by Colin Bloom;Antisemitism, led by Lord Mann; andFair funding Review for how funding is allocated and redistributed between local...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Playgrounds: Disability ( 3 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: In October 2019 my Department announced a £1.35 million grant scheme for local communities, working with local authorities to apply for funding to create new pocket parks or renovate existing parks. Identifying a local need such as accessibility or supporting those with disability issues is one of the key criteria against which applications will be assessed. The application window closed...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Mayors: Finance ( 3 Feb 2020)

Jake Berry: Holding answer received on 29 January 2020 The core funds devolved to the Metro Mayors and their combined authorities are listed in the attached table. Further details can be found in the Annual Reports of Devolution, laid before Parliament each year by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and in the devolution deal agreements. PQ...


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