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Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Our devolution deals will support economic growth across the country by devolving powers and, more importantly, funding from this place so that they can be determined by local people. By May this year, 33% of England’s population will have gone to the polls to elect their directly elected Mayors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: We have made good on the city deals we negotiated with the Leeds city region. The problem on broader Yorkshire devolution, given that this is a bottom-up approach, is that there has not been agreement across Yorkshire about what form it should take. Some of the hon. Lady’s colleagues have not helped in recent weeks by proposing solutions on a boundary of a nature not within the legal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely. For an example of the sort of leadership we will require in these mayoralties, my hon. Friend need look no further than the west midlands, where Andy Street is a fantastic candidate who I am sure will be a strong Mayor and champion for the west midlands.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his unwavering support for the South Yorkshire and Sheffield city region deal. It is a good deal that will deliver funding and powers to South Yorkshire to help to drive forward its economy. We can look at interim mayors if necessary. I assure him that the Government are absolutely committed to the deal and will try to bring it forward as quickly as possible,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: In recent weeks and months, we have of course introduced the first northern powerhouse strategy and, more importantly, put £556 million behind it through the local growth funding allocations, with the north receiving the largest proportion from the broader £1.8 billion fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: It was a delight to visit the Lomeshaye industrial estate on a wet Lancashire day—is there any other kind?—only the other week, and I thank my hon. Friend for his support for that. On his specific interest in small and medium-sized businesses, just last week I joined other funding partners in launching a £400 million investment fund for northern powerhouse businesses. This...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I was in York just last Friday to speak to Make It York and celebrate our funding for the York Central enterprise zones. As the hon. Lady will be aware, business rates bills across the north will be falling, but as the Chancellor and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State have made absolutely clear, we are committed to supporting further those businesses that are hardest impacted by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that we recently allocated £27 million to the Humber in the growth deal. It is important to remember that, on a per-head basis, that is more than has been received in large parts of the south of England. We will announce in the coming weeks the Greater Lincolnshire LEP allocations that also cover North and North East Lincolnshire as part of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rates Revaluation: Pubs (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Rateable values are, of course, set independently of Ministers. The approach to the valuation of pubs has been agreed with all five bodies representing the pub sector, including the British Beer & Pub Association and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rates Revaluation: Pubs (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Pubs and pub-restaurants in Yorkshire and the Humber will see a 4% cut in their rates overall, and many will also benefit from the doubling of small business rate relief. However, as I said in response to an earlier question, the Secretary of State and the Chancellor are continuing to look closely at what further support can be made available to those most affected by rises.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rates Revaluation: Pubs (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: As I said a moment ago, the guide for agreeing valuations—I have it in my hand—was agreed with all five groups representing pubs. The picture will vary across the country, with many pubs seeing a reduction in their rates. As I have said, however, we remain committed to trying to help further those on whom the impact has been heaviest.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Growth (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: We are supporting local growth through the £1.8 billion local growth fund, £31 million of which was recently announced for my hon. Friend’s local enterprise partnership in the Solent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Growth (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely, and I congratulate my hon. Friend on his work in securing the funding for the Havant business support fund. LEPs are playing an important role across the country; they are helping to drive economic growth, and they continue to have our support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: No, I do not agree with that. We have been absolutely clear in our commitment to maintain EU structural funds up until 2020. That commitment could not have been clearer. I remind the hon. Gentleman that this is British taxpayers’ money anyway, at the end of the day.

Business without Debate: Aster Group Housing Association (22 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I have seen that the process can be cyclical; we think we are getting to the point of action being taken when all of a sudden the process resets again and tenants who have been engaged in antisocial behaviour appear to get away scot-free. That is why we introduced faster and more effective powers through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Let me deal with that before...

Business without Debate: Aster Group Housing Association (22 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I think the review that we are undertaking will cover some of those issues, and I will feed any comments back to my hon. Friend. When two tenants living next door to each other are involved in a dispute, it tends to be much easier for the social landlord to mediate actively. Of course, the individuals concerned are responsible for their behaviour, and we must not let them off the hook, but...

Business without Debate: Aster Group Housing Association (22 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I begin with an apology on behalf of the Housing Minister, who is unable to respond to this debate, but I am here and happy to respond, having myself dealt with several cases very similar to that raised by my hon. Friend the Member for North Dorset (Simon Hoare). I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and on doing what he has already, in his relatively short time in the House,...

Lancashire County Council (22 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris) on securing this important debate. He is a doughty champion for Morecambe and Lunesdale, with a record of delivering for his constituency on a whole range of issues and helping to secure funding for it. This afternoon he is, again, battling away for...

Lancashire County Council (22 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Indeed. I am simply responding to a point made by the hon. Member for Preston, but I will take your guidance on that, Mr Owen. Over the previous Parliament, councils showed that they are capable of finding savings and efficiencies, and some have delivered them very well. Many councils that have much lower proportionate per head funding have been able to deliver incredible savings and services...

Petition - Closure of Cambuslang Jobcentre: Holocaust Memorial Museum (9 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh), who is my constituency neighbour, on securing this debate—he was quite right to do so in order to raise his concerns. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) for making a contribution. I need to begin by making it clear that the decision has already been taken to select this...


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