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Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Parish and Town Councils (6 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The department has made no assessment of inquorate parish councils as of 29 June 2022. Local authorities under section 91 of the Local Government Act 1972, have the power to make an Order appointing temporary members to a parish council where, due to the number of vacancies, the council cannot function until other councillors are elected and take up office. This is to ensure that a parish...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Local Government: Energy and Inflation (6 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Local Government Finance Settlement makes available £54.1 billion in 2022/23 for local government in England, an increase of up to £3.7 billion on 2021/22. Inflation forecasts are higher than they were when the settlement was announced. How that interacts with the finances of local government is not straightforward, as not all areas of expenditure will be sensitive to inflation and...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Second Homes: Council Tax (5 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: Councils are responsible for determining whether a property is a sole or main residence, or a second home. The powers contained in the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill do not specify an occupancy threshold for application of the premium.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Second Homes: Council Tax (5 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government has recognised the impact that large numbers of second homes can have on the sustainability and viability of local communities. The council tax premium on second homes will be discretionary, and it will be for local authorities to decide whether to apply such a premium.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Antisemitism (5 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: Antisemitism has no place in our society, which is why we became the first country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism and continue to encourage other bodies to do so. We also continue to support the independent adviser on Antisemitism, Lord Mann, to provide expert advice to Government on contemporary Antisemitism, and how best...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Equal Pay (5 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The national gender pay gap has fallen significantly under this government - and by approximately a quarter in the last decade. In 2017, we introduced regulations requiring large employers to publish the differences in average salaries and bonuses for men and women every year. The regulations have helped to motivate employers, and focus attention on improving equality in the workplace. On...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Social Mobility Commission: Public Appointments (5 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The tender exercise for Expert Advisers on the Social Mobility Commission's Policy and Evidence Advisory Panel has concluded. The outcome can be found on the Contracts Finder website: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/notice/aa001085-f 74f-4840-a39f-c93c3d1be71a?origin=SearchResults&p=1. We are unable to publish the names of private individuals contracted at this stage for reasons of...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council: Energy (4 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2022/23 makes available an additional £3.7 billion to councils, including funding for adult social care reform. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council's Core Spending Power grew from £240.0 million in 2021/22 to £260.3 million in 2022/23, a change of up to £20.3 million.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council: Beach Huts (4 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government issued the Flexible Use of Capital Receipts direction on 4 April that allows local authorities to use the proceeds of asset sales to fund projects for transformation and efficiency. This extends the flexibility that has been in place since 2016. A new condition was introduced that requires local authorities to send specified details of their planned use of the flexibility to...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Members: Correspondence (4 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: A response was issued to my Rt Hon Friend on 27 June.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Public Sector: Equality (4 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government has no plans to commence Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 in England. We have made clear on numerous occasions that this duty would be ineffectual. As merely a “due regard” duty, it requires no specific action from the public body concerned, and risks becoming a tick-box exercise, complied with to minimise the risk of litigation rather than to promote real change in...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Faith New Deal Pilot Fund (1 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Faith New Deal Pilot Fund will provide £1,000,000 to support Faith groups deliver innovative partnership projects.  We received a high number of applications following the launch of the scheme late last year. Once the assessment process has fully concluded, we will announce the outcome and inform successful applicants in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Council Tax: Energy Bills Rebate (1 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: Despite being exempt from council tax, student households living in eligible properties should receive the council tax rebate in the same way as other households that do not pay council tax by direct debit. My department has issued guidance and FAQs on the delivery of the rebate and has discussed the particular issues related to student households with councils that have large student populations.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Elections: Fraud (1 Jul 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Electoral Commission collects data from all UK police forces about allegations of electoral fraud and publishes an annual report on the numbers, types and outcomes of these allegations. The reports can be found on their website here .

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Political Parties: Equality (30 Jun 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: I have made no assessment of the implications of the debate or the new Charter on government policy as the Charter is aimed at political parties, but we appreciate the work of the Council of Europe and in particular PACE in this sphere. The government's roadmap for fostering diversity and inclusion is set out in Inclusive Britain, which I published on 17 March.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Local Government: CCTV (29 Jun 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2022/23 makes available an additional £3.7 billion to councils in England, including funding for adult social care reform. In total, we expect local authority Core Spending Power to rise from £50.4 billion in 2021/22 to up to £54.1 billion in 2022/23. The majority of this funding is un-ringfenced in recognition of local authorities being best...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leisure: Facilities (29 Jun 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government recognises the importance of ensuring public access to leisure facilities, which are great spaces for people of all ages to stay fit and healthy, and which play an important role within communities. We also recognise the impact rising energy prices will have on businesses of all sizes. Ofgem and the Government, including colleagues in DCMS and DLUHC, are in regular contact with...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Council Tax: Energy Bills Rebate (29 Jun 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The council tax rebate was targeted at occupied properties, where energy bills are likely to be higher. There is an exemption from council tax for properties that are unoccupied because someone is living elsewhere to provide care, and these properties are not eligible for the main rebate. As part of the rebate scheme, we have however provided councils with £144 million to provide...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant Scheme (29 Jun 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government's 2020/21 Faith, Race and Hate Crime (FRHC) Grant Scheme supported 9 organisations to run various innovative projects that championed our commitment to building a diverse and tolerant society for all faiths and races Collectively, 48,300 young people and adults directly participated in the scheme.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Local Government: Companies (28 Jun 2022)

Kemi Badenoch: Local authorities are autonomous public bodies responsible to their electorate for the decisions they take. They have a duty to ensure good financial management and governance, including clear audits on how the local authority is allocating its funding. Concerns about how the council uses taxpayers' money or alleged impropriety in the handling of funds can be raised directly with the local...


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