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Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 63 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the two amendments in this group apparently have little in common, but they do. Their common feature is that they are all about fairness. Amendment 66 in the name of my noble friend Lord Shipley is about fair voting systems. I obviously support his remarks about the importance to our democracy of having an electoral process and system that is seen to be fair to the electorate. As he...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 58 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I make clear that this amendment, to which I have added my name, is about local authorities having the option to make some of their meetings virtual or hybrid. It is not about going back to having all meetings held virtually; it is about having the option to do so where that makes sense in local circumstances. During the Covid pandemic, we learned that virtual meetings could be...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: The noble Baroness said that you could have a combined police and crime commissioner and mayor only where there is coterminosity. If combined authorities are now able to expand, will that undo that requirement?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this amendment is really important for democratic overview of policing in a combined authority area. As the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, has said, West Yorkshire already has a mayor and a non-elected police and crime commissioner, because the arrangement for West Yorkshire—sadly, in my view—was that the two roles would be combined. The elected Mayor of West Yorkshire is...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I begin, as I generally do, by reminding the House of my relevant interests as a councillor and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I wish particularly to speak to government Amendment 34. I was quite astonished when I read it; it brings to the Bill a new issue that has not been discussed previously either at Second Reading or in Committee. I was also astonished...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 25 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords—

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 25 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the Minister for giving way. Do the Government have any limit for the expansion of mayoral combined authorities? If Warwickshire is allowed to accede to the West Midlands —Worcestershire is nearby and Staffordshire is next door. What is on the other side? I am thinking of between Coventry and Birmingham. It could get very large, so I want to know if there is a limit. This is a...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 24 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, increasingly I think that we need a clear definition of levelling up, partly because what I have in mind is certainly not shared by many others around the Chamber. When I read the tome—the levelling up White Paper—it struck me, with all the maps and graphics in there, that the aim the Government had in mind was to have a clear, strategic focus on areas of multiple deprivation,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 19 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this group of amendments from the noble Baronesses, Lady Hayman of Ullock and Lady Taylor of Stevenage, concern the cost of living, based on regional variations that could exacerbate the challenges in the very areas already defined by the Government as suffering multiple inequalities. The noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, made a case for investigating geographical disparities in...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 18 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, Amendment 18 is a new probing amendment, because we all assumed that, if the Government are committed to levelling up and understand, as they will, that it is dependent on long-term capital investment, that would therefore be available. The noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, quoted the Financial Times, and I too did a bit of research on what capital was around. The Financial...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, we on these Benches welcome this group of government amendments, which are in response to the strong arguments made in Committee by the noble and learned Lords, Lord Hope of Craighead and Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. It is astonishing that those who draft legislation continue to do so without recognising the implications of devolution. One would think that by now the lesson would have...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 4 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this group of amendments seeks to persuade the Government to be more specific about the missions and metrics of levelling up. I wish to speak initially to Amendment 8 in my name. I remain very disappointed that the Government have failed to include their White Paper missions in the Bill. It makes me ask whether there is some shame on the Government’s part in stating clearly in...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my relevant interests: I am a councillor on Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. This group of amendments focuses on the areas that have benefited, or not, from the initial round of the levelling-up fund. As we heard from the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, there are many examples of levelling-up...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I fully endorse the sentiment expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock. It is most unfortunate and not the responsibility of the Minister at all. She has been considerate and helpful with her time and that of her officials throughout our scrutiny of the Bill. Nevertheless, three chapters were added to an already very large Bill after it left the House of Commons, and...

Social Housing (Regulation) Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendments 1 to 12 (27 Jun 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, amazingly, it has been eight months since this House last discussed the Bill. At that time, I welcomed it and many of the details it provided to improve the regulation of social housing. However, across the House, noble Lords challenged the Government to think again on some of the detail of the Bill. The noble Lord, Lord Best, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, have outlined some...

Non-Domestic Rating Bill - Second Reading (19 Jun 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my relevant interests as a councillor and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. This Bill is one in a long line of recent Bills making important amendments to business rates. I reckon that, for at least 35 years, there has been no fundamental reform of the non-domestic rating system, whereas business practice, as we have been hearing,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (14th Day): Amendment 476 (22 May 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I hope noble Lords will bear with me because there was some confusion over the position of this group in the list. Some of us had an earlier list, where it appeared much later. I have tabled Amendment 504GJH, about the state of schools and hospitals. At the heart of levelling up is the need to provide good-quality education to young people across the country and that means good-quality...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (14th Day): Amendment 476 (22 May 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I cannot resist being able to speak about letterboxes. To be honest, letterbox height is important. Even those of us who are seasoned leaflet deliverers do not have the same daily meeting with letterboxes of various heights as the posties do. From the point of view of the people who are doing their daily rounds delivering mail, we ought to have letterboxes not just at the right height but of...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (14th Day): Amendment 473 (22 May 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this country used to have many regional mutual banks. One still remains, in name anyway: the Yorkshire Bank. That is a testimony, I think, to its importance within the great county of Yorkshire. What has been a sad reflection of what has happened in the country in terms of banking is that it is now dominated by the five great big banking consortiums. That is partly why the presence...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (14th Day): Amendment 467B (22 May 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I concur with and support entirely the comments made by my noble friend Lord Stunell and the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, about the amendments in this miscellany transferring the building safety regulator from the Health and Safety Executive. I hope the Minister will be able to give us a very clear reason why this change is being made in the Bill—indeed, why it is being made at all. I...


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