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Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 42 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, good debate. I agree.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 39 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Stevenage, has raised some significant points in her amendments in this group. The first is to include in the Bill the engagement of local authorities in reporting on levelling up in their areas. My noble friend Lord Shipley said in our debate on the previous group how there has been an obsession in government, from Governments across the decades,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, three issues have been raised by this small group: defining geographies—we talked a lot about geographies and spatial disparities— and granularity; independent scrutiny, which is really important; and then funding allocation and how that happens. I am beginning to think that the Government and the Minister may regret the publication of the levelling-up White Paper because it is...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 7 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I want to know who measured that.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 7 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I will speak first to Amendment 31 in my name. It aims to ensure that initiatives and funding to achieve the aims of the levelling-up mission will be measured by a systematic, statistically accepted and agreed set of metrics. It fully supports Amendment 7 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, which seeks also to have the missions put into the Bill. These metrics will be...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 7 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: We are laughing but in the end, it is no joke. It means that people are isolated and unable to get to employment. It is not just rural areas such as the noble Baroness’s. In one of the villages in my area—an urban area of west Yorkshire—you cannot get a bus after 5 pm. Come on! If we are serious about narrowing these gaps, we have to be serious about public transport. Many of those of...

Voter Identification - Commons Urgent Question (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords—

Voter Identification - Commons Urgent Question (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I have relevant interests recorded in the register. Experience tells us that there are likely to be very large numbers of last-minute applications for the voter ID certificate, and local electoral offices might struggle to get them processed in time and returned to the voter. Will those voters, through no fault of their own, be denied their democratic right to vote if that occurs?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 6 (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, we have had a really good debate on something as fundamental as the meaning of devolution. Throughout today we have been thinking about definitions of words. Devolution certainly needs to be redefined by the Government in their Bill. As the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, rightly pointed out, devolution can mean home rule, self-government or something quite...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this has been an important and interesting debate about new missions to be added to the levelling-up agenda. Quite rightly, the Government have been thrown a challenge in four different ways. First, there was an absolutely vital challenge from the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, about reducing child poverty being absolutely at the heart of any levelling-up agenda. As she and the right...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Foster of Bath for raising this very important issue and for providing an evidence base and powerful argument in support of rural communities in particular. This short but important debate has cast a focus on the confusion at the heart of levelling up, which the debate on Amendment 1 was trying to resolve: what do we mean by levelling up and spatial...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this is an important group of amendments to tease out the Government’s intentions as to the scrutiny of the success or otherwise of their actions in levelling up. While I speak to Amendments 24, 26, 32 and 49, to which I have added my name, I also wish to speak to the other amendments in this group. The key question is how Parliament will know that progress has genuinely been made...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the Minister for her response to the question I posed, which was to try to establish greater clarity on what we mean by levelling up before we start debating the 500-plus amendments to this Bill. Unfortunately, I do not think any of us are much the wiser. On the one hand, the Minister was quite rightly able to agree what is in her Government’s White Paper, but equally she then...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, we have a lot of scrutiny of this Bill before us. Before we start, I want to explore what is meant by levelling up, and whether there is a broad agreement as to its definition and purpose. My amendment proposes to remove the words “levelling up”, as the content of the Bill fails to live up to the aspiration as described in the levelling-up White Paper. Here is one definition....

Capital Projects: Spending Decisions - Commons Urgent Question (20 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my relevant interests. The highly respected and independent Institute for Government wrote last month that the levelling-up fund “is another ineffective competitive funding pot that is neither large enough nor targeted enough to make a dent in regional inequalities.” Does the Minister agree? If not, what is wrong with that statement?

Vulnerable Households: Energy Costs - Question (31 Jan 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, it is estimated that there will be 8.4 million households in fuel poverty by next April. The warm home discount is clearly not sufficient or adequate to meet that need. Which utility companies provide social tariffs that do not have to be applied for and are offered to customers in need? Why on earth can the Government not, through Ofgem, ensure that social tariffs are provided for...

Levelling Up Fund - Question (24 Jan 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, in response to a question earlier, the Minister said that the assessment was made by excluding those councils that had already received funding. Were those councils told before they spent huge sums of money to make bids that they would be excluded at the first step? Secondly, how many of the Government’s 139 council priority areas have not yet received any money?

Levelling Up: Funding Allocation - Question (23 Jan 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: The Minister has just said that competitive funding is an effective way of accessing this funding pot. There were 525 bids in this latest round; only 111 were successful; that means 80% were not successful. Each bid is estimated to cost £30,000 to make; that is £12 million of hard-pressed council funding basically wasted on bids. Can the Minister not find a more effective way, such as...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Follow that. My Lords, this has been an excellent debate on levelling up. What is good for the Minister is that everyone agrees that we need to be levelled up. Not such good news for her is that we are not all really sure which bits we will level up. We all agree on transport; on housing, definitely; on health, which is absolutely critical; on skills, yes; and on devolution, definitely. There...

Asylum Seekers: Local Authority Accommodation - Question (16 Jan 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the Minister said in response to an earlier question that accommodation should be adequate and of a reasonable quality for asylum seekers. Yet we know, from report after report, that that is not the case. Asylum seekers are being housed in very low-quality housing. Three was a report in Inside Housing only last week that described a mother from Nigeria in one-room accommodation with...


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