Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

An Oral Question session will take place today in the House of Commons at 14.30 – proceedings can be watched live through Parliament TV.

LGiU will post a brief summary of the session tomorrow here on the blog.

Below are the questions that we be put to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles –

*1 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): What assessment he has made of the likely effects on the community and voluntary sector of reductions in levels of central government funding for local authorities.
*2 George Freeman (Mid Norfolk): What steps the Government is taking to encourage local authorities to promote sustainable rural development through an integrated approach to employment and housing in rural communities.
*3 Stephen Timms (East Ham): What recent estimate he has made of the likely change in aggregate levels of employment among local authorities in the next four years.
*4 Steve Rotheram (Liverpool, Walton): What assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in formula grant funding on local authorities in the most deprived areas.
*5 Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree): What assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in formula grant funding on local authorities in the most deprived areas.
*6 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour in social housing.
*7 George Hollingbery (Meon Valley): What expressions of interest he has received from local authorities outside the areas of the family support pilots in the creation of community budget schemes.
*8 Julie Hilling (Bolton West): What assessment he has made of the likely effects on the community and voluntary sector of reductions in levels of central government funding for local authorities.
*9 Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): How much funding his Department has allocated to local authorities to minimise increases in council tax in 2011-12.
*10 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): What criteria are used to determine the number of houses which should be built in North Wiltshire constituency.
*11 Jonathan Lord (Woking): What steps he is taking to address under-occupation of social housing and to promote social mobility.
*12 Matthew Hancock (West Suffolk): What steps he is taking to remove unnecessary spending on administration within his Department.
*13 Nicky Morgan (Loughborough): What estimate he has made of the level of funding from the New Homes Bonus which will be allocated to Charnwood Borough Council.
*14 Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East): What recent assessment he has made of the likely change in the provision of services by local authorities as a result of reductions in the level of Government funding for local authorities.
*15 Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): What recent assessment he has made of the effects on fire authorities of the planned reductions in grants to local government.
*16 Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham): What plans he has to take into account work completed on existing local development frameworks in his proposals for the reform of planning law.
*17 Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan): What steps he is taking to increase transparency in local government.
*18 Valerie Vaz (Walsall South): What assessment he has made of the likely effects on the community and voluntary sector of reductions in levels of central government funding for local authorities.
*19 Pat Glass (North West Durham): What assessment he has made of the likely effects on the community and voluntary sector of reductions in levels of central government funding for local authorities.
*20 Chris Skidmore (Kingswood): What steps he is taking to protect local green belts from inappropriate development.
*21 Andrew George (St Ives): Whether he has made an assessment of the effects on low-income families of his Department’s policies on local government funding.
*22 Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): What assessment he has made of the likely effects on the community and voluntary sector of reductions in levels of central government funding for local authorities.
*23 Charlie Elphicke (Dover): What steps he is taking to reduce the number of non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible.
*24 Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border): What steps he is taking to establish flexible local procurement processes.
*25 Mrs Mary Glindon (North Tyneside): What recent assessment he has made of the likely change in the provision of services by local authorities as a result of reductions in the level of Government funding for local authorities.
    1. A great chance for Philip Hollobone to ask Pickles why we lost 15% of funding from central government and instead he chooses to ask about antisocial behaviour in social housing. Again, a lack of priorities.

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