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Business Improvement Districts

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for a statutory minimum ballot turnout under the Local Government Act 2003 and the Business Improvements Districts (England) Regulations 2004 for a Business Improvement District to be established; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and public acceptability of the application of the Local Government Act 2003 and the Business Improvements Districts (England) Regulations 2004 (SI2004/2443); and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban local authorities from voting in any ballot which takes place under the Local Government Act 2003 and the Business Improvements Districts (England) Regulations 2004 (SI2004/2443).

Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Minister of State (Cabinet Office), Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The government is committed to supporting Business Improvement Districts, as they have been a key tool in providing business-led improvements to local areas since 2004, and they remain an important part of our high streets and town centre agenda.

The government does not have any specific proposals for amending the Local Government Act 2003 and the Business Improvements Districts (England) Regulations 2004 with respect to Business Improvement Districts at the present time, including any plans to prevent local authorities from voting in Business Improvement Districts ballots or introduce a statutory minimum ballot turnout.

The government keeps the statutory framework for Business Improvement Districts under constant review.

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