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No-fault Evictions - Question (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: For those families dependent on housing benefit to pay their rent, the local housing allowance has been frozen since 2020, and that frozen figure is based on 2018 private rental figures. This forces many families into poverty and food banks so they can manage to pay their way. Can the Minister assure the House that the Government will unfreeze the local housing allowance and bring it up to...

Capital Projects: Spending - Question (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Can the Minister tell us what percentage of the levelling-up fund has been allocated to those areas most in need in priority 1? Maybe she could explain why many areas which are less deprived have been awarded that funding and other priority 1 areas have therefore missed out.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: North of England (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask His Majesty's Government whether the transport infrastructure plan known as Network North includes the intent to electrify the whole of the Trans-Pennine line (1) from Liverpool to Hull, (2) and from Liverpool to Newcastle.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Reason and Amendment: Motion A (25 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this Bill has been improved by the assiduous work of this House over the last 10 months. Some significant and welcome changes have been made during that process. I turn first to the two Motions left on the Order Paper. I regret that the Commons has failed to perceive the benefit of enabling some meetings of councils to be in a hybrid form. Like the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, I...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion Z (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the detailed arguments he has put towards Motion ZB1 in my name, which I recognise have substance. However, the levelling-up Bill, which includes missions relating to education and health, means that we need to think about the quality of the public buildings provided, because they have a substantial impact on the quality of the services that are then...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion X1 (as an amendment to Motion X) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the very fact that these two issues remain for this Bill demonstrates that the Building Safety Act is, sadly, unfinished business. Although the matters will not be concluded today, I can be sure that they will be raised in future legislation in this House, because they need to be resolved. Having said that, I support what the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, said about...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion R1 (as an amendment to Motion R) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Yes, I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 176, Noes 191.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion L1 (as an amendment to Motion L) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, for his comment. What we did discover, and I have the papers with me, was that there would still be a subsidy for major applications—that was in the papers—and that there would be a subsidy for householder applications. But the case I make is this: if householders wish to add an extension to their house or improve it in some other way, then there is a...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion L1 (as an amendment to Motion L) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, first, I thank the noble Earl most sincerely for the time he has spent with me and my colleagues in discussions about these issues. They were, of course, of great interest to the noble Baroness, Lady Scott of Bybrook, and I repeat my good wishes to her for a speedy recovery. It is not often that you get a Motion both agreed and disagreed with before it is proposed, but here we go....

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion F1 (as an amendment to Motion F) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I am sorry to interrupt the noble Earl, but I remind him that councils have scrutiny committees, which frequently do not vote, so there are similarities between the committees of this House and, for example, scrutiny committees of local authorities.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion F1 (as an amendment to Motion F) (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I will speak to Motion J1 and then Motion ZE1. I support the amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh of Pickering. There is one element that has not yet been discussed, which is that this House allows for hybrid meetings of its committees. Now, you have to say to yourself, if it is right and proper for this House to enable Members to take part virtually in its committees,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House that I have relevant interests as a vice-president of the Local Government Association and as a councillor in West Yorkshire. I will speak specifically to Motion B1 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister of Burtersett. The finest achievement of the levelling-up Bill could be putting the reduction of child poverty and health inequalities at its heart. After...

Transport: Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 - Statement (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, having just last week travelled by high-speed rail from London to Switzerland, it is shameful to me that the country does not seem able to be part of the great European high-speed rail transit system, especially for those of us who live in the north of the country—although that now includes the south-west and the Midlands. That brings me to the great cities of the north of...

Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the Minister very much for giving that detailed explanation. Is she willing to put it into a note for Members, so that we can see exactly how it will all add up?

Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my relevant interests as a councillor and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Swinburne, for her detailed explanation of the content and purpose of the changes proposed to planning fees. She obviously thought that at least someone in the Chamber today would raise the fundamental concerns about full cost...

Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the noble Lord; that probably is the explanation. However, it would be good to hear the Minister to confirm that. The issue I still have is that if we do not have full cost recovery, local planning authorities will not be able to appoint all the planning officers that they need to provide an efficient and effective service. We know that the Local Government Association and other...

Local Authorities: Budgets - Question (19 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the Minister said that the Government have finally recognised that councils are facing financial difficulties. However, the Government have been defunding councils over a number of years, so even with the relatively small increase this year, they are still 25% down on the levels they had in 2010. How does that fit with the levelling-up agenda?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (8th Day): Amendment 281 (18 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Howe, for his extremely long, detailed and careful response to the issues I raised about the repair of schools and hospitals. I remind the noble Earl that the amendment refers only to setting up a register for buildings that suffer from serious disrepair, so it would not cover emergency water leaks or the like. The importance of a public open register is...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (8th Day): Amendment 278 (18 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Old Scone, is absolutely right to raise this as an important issue. Currently, planning, in the sense of local authority planning services and applications, depends on landowners bringing forward sites for housing or business use for inclusion in the local authority local plan; councils then make the decision as to which of those sites are in fact...


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