Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.



Secretary of State

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Robert Jenrick
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Lucy Powell (LAB - Manchester Central)
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
Baroness Blake of Leeds (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
Steve Reed (LAB - Croydon North)
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Baroness Blake of Leeds (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

Liberal Democrat
Tim Farron (LDEM - Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Scottish National Party
Patricia Gibson (SNP - North Ayrshire and Arran)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Labour
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Kate Hollern (LAB - Blackburn)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Mike Amesbury (LAB - Weaver Vale)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Naz Shah (LAB - Bradford West)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Ministers of State
Luke Hall (CON - Thornbury and Yate)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lord Greenhalgh (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Christopher Pincher (CON - Tamworth)
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Paul Scully (CON - Sutton and Cheam)
Minister of State (London)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Eddie Hughes (CON - Walsall North)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Scheduled Event
Wednesday 16th June 2021
15:00
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
16 Jun 2021, 3 p.m.
Permitted Development Rights
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Debates
Monday 14th June 2021
Oral Answers to Questions
Oral Questions
Select Committee Docs
Thursday 10th June 2021
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Select Committee Inquiry
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Permitted Development Rights

The aim of this short inquiry is to examine the Government’s recent and proposed changes to permitted development rights in …

Written Answers
Tuesday 15th June 2021
Levelling Up Fund
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce the deadlines for …
Secondary Legislation
Tuesday 8th June 2021
Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, sections 1-10 of the Business and Planning Act 2020 (“the 2020 Act”) made temporary …
Bills
Tuesday 8th September 2020
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Act 2021
A Bill to make provision to change the dates on which non-domestic rating lists must be compiled; and to change …

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Commons Appearances

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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Jun. 14
Oral Questions
May. 17
Urgent Questions
Jun. 10
Written Statements
Jun. 10
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision to change the dates on which non-domestic rating lists must be compiled; and to change the dates by which proposed lists must be sent to billing authorities, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 15th March 2021 and was enacted into law.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - Secondary Legislation

This Order increases the maximum amount of money that can be loaned to The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Trading Fund in accordance with the Government Trading Funds Act 1973 (c. 63) from £2,000,000 to £12,000,000.
Under sections 160ZA(2) and 185(2) of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (“the 1996 Act”), a person who is subject to immigration control is ineligible for an allocation of housing accommodation by a local authority under Part VI of that Act, or for housing assistance under Part VII of that Act, unless they come within a class of persons prescribed in regulations by the Secretary of State.
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Petitions

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If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

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Departmental Select Committee

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Clive Betts Portrait
Clive Betts (Labour - Sheffield South East)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Chair since 27th January 2020
Mohammad Yasin Portrait
Mohammad Yasin (Labour - Bedford)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mary Robinson Portrait
Mary Robinson (Conservative - Cheadle)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Rachel Hopkins Portrait
Rachel Hopkins (Labour - Luton South)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Everitt Portrait
Ben Everitt (Conservative - Milton Keynes North)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Brendan Clarke-Smith Portrait
Brendan Clarke-Smith (Conservative - Bassetlaw)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ian Byrne Portrait
Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Bob Blackman Portrait
Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ian Levy Portrait
Ian Levy (Conservative - Blyth Valley)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 20th July 2020
Andrew Lewer Portrait
Andrew Lewer (Conservative - Northampton South)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Florence Eshalomi Portrait
Florence Eshalomi (Labour (Co-op) - Vauxhall)
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee: Upcoming Events
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee - Oral evidence
Permitted Development Rights
16 Jun 2021, 3 p.m.
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP - Minister for Housing at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Simon Gallagher - Director of Planning at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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50 most recent Written Questions

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7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help ensure that professional standards of (a) competence and (b) quality management are enforced in the sectors of (i) fire door installation, (ii) fire door manufacturing and (iii) fire-stopping in high rise buildings needing repairs.

The Building Safety Bill will strengthen the regulatory framework for construction products, including fire doors, by creating powers to require construction products to be safe before they can be placed on the United Kingdom market, and creating a statutory list of 'safety critical' construction products. For products deemed to be 'safety critical', manufacturers will be required to declare the performance of these products to a specific standard and to put in place factory control processes to make sure they are consistently met. The Government is also establishing a national regulator in the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to lead and co-ordinate enforcement, confront poor practice, remove unsafe products from the market, and deal with safety concerns early through improved market surveillance.

The industry-led Competence Steering Group has produced frameworks and recommendations to improve the competence of professionals working in safety-critical roles across the sector, including installers. The Government is supporting the Group's ongoing work by sponsoring the British Standards Institution to develop a suite of national competence standards, and intends through the Building Safety Bill to introduce regulations to ensure that those involved in design and construction are competent to do so.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to roll out the First Homes scheme in (a) Wakefield and (b) West Yorkshire.

We recently launched the first batch of First Homes in Bolsover, Derbyshire. This is the first step in making this manifesto commitment a reality. We will be bringing more pilots out in other areas across England, and will shortly be launching a larger grant-funded programme aiming to deliver 1,500 First Homes from the end of the year. This will be open to bids to support First Homes in Wakefield and West Yorkshire from developers, local authorities and housing associations, and we hope to see strong bids from the area so that residents can benefit from First Homes as soon as possible.

Additionally, on 24 May we issued a written ministerial statement implementing new planning policy to ensure that First Homes will be delivered in all parts of England in the future.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish its response to the Future of the New Homes Bonus consultation.

We are considering the responses to the consultation and expect to publish the Government response shortly.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase the availability of high quality social housing including (a) bungalows for pensioners and (b) homes for young families.

The Government is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing and is investing over £12 billion in affordable housing over 5 years, the largest investment in affordable housing in a decade. This includes the new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme, which will leverage up to £38 billion of private finance and will provide up to 180,000 new affordable homes across the country, should economic conditions allow.

Around half of the new programme will be for social and affordable rent, and it will deliver more than double for social rent than the current programme. 10% of delivery will be used to increase the supply of much needed specialist or supported housing, including housing for older people.

We will also be using the new Affordable Homes Programme to fund a First Homes pilot of 1500 homes. The First Homes scheme will help local first-time buyers onto the property ladder by offering homes at a discount of at least 30% compared to the market price. That same percentage will then be passed on with the sale of the property to future first-time buyers, meaning homes will always be sold below market value, benefiting future generations. On 4 June, we launched the first phase with further sites set to launch across the country in the coming weeks.

Whilst we do not set requirements for the types of affordable housing that are delivered, Registered Providers work closely with local authorities to ensure that delivery meets local housing need.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in (a) Lewisham Deptford, (b) London and (c) the UK in rent arrears after the end of the ban on bailiff-forced evictions on 31 May 2021.

We do not hold data on the number of people in rent arrears in Lewisham Deptford, London and the UK following 31 May 2021. Data from the English Housing Survey (EHS) Household Resilience Study suggested that approximately 9 per cent of private renters were in arrears in November - December 2020. Most renters in arrears, had arrears of less than 2 months.

The UK Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support which is available to support tenants with living costs. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit are in place until the end of September helping renters to continue paying their rent. Local housing allowance rates have been maintained at their increased level in cash terms in 2021/22, meaning claimants renting in the private rented sector continue to benefit from the significant increase in the local housing allowance rates applied in April 2020. For those who require additional support, Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are available. For 2021-22 the Government has made £140 million available in DHP funding, building on the £180 million provided last year.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to take steps to prevent practices in the private rented sector which lead to the exclusion of applicants (a) reliant on housing benefit and (b) with low incomes.

Blanket bans against tenants in receipt of benefits or on low incomes have no place in a fair and modern housing market. The Government has previously worked with the lettings industry to agree an approach to end the practice of excluding tenants in receipt of benefits.

We continue to encourage landlords to look at all tenants on an individual basis. Current legislation prohibits acts of discrimination against individuals on the basis of a number of protected characteristics.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the new model tenancy agreement does not extend to people living in social housing and assisted living facilities.

The Model Tenancy Agreement is the Government's suggested contract for assured shorthold tenancies in the private rented sector, which landlords and tenants can choose to use to agree a tenancy. The 'New' Model Tenancy Agreement revised the previous agreement, with changes focussed on making it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their home.

Many social landlords set out their pet policies in their tenancy agreements and will allow tenants to keep pets where it is appropriate to do so, and provided they are well looked after and do not adversely affect the lives of neighbours and those living nearby.

In our Social Housing White Paper we encourage all social landlords to adopt similar policies. The circumstances in which pets may be kept are, however, for social landlords to determine locally, taking account of the views of their tenants.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2021 to Question 6503 on Housing: Standards, which stakeholders are being consulted as part of the Decent Homes Standard review.

The Decent Homes Review began in February 2021 with the first meeting of the Decent Homes Review Sounding Board.  The full list of Sounding Board members is listed below.

In addition, Government invited other interested stakeholders to register their interest in the review.  To date,122 organisations and 13 individuals have registered.

Association of Retained Council Housing

Building Research Establishment

Chartered Institute of Housing

Confederation of Cooperative Housing

Councils with ALMOs Group (CWAG)

G15

G320

The Housing Ombudsman

Local Government Association

London Councils

National Federation of ALMOS

National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations

National Housing Federation

Northern Housing Consortium

Regulator of Social Housing

Rural Services Network

Tenants and Resident Organisations of England (Taroe)

Tenant Participation Advisory Service

UNIFY (cross-housing BAME Network)

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has allocated additional funding to local authorities to help ensure that the Decent Homes Standard is implemented.

Between 2011 and 2016, the Government provided a total of £1.76 billion between 2011 and 2016 to 45 councils across England with more than 10 percent non-decent stock to help them bring homes up to standard and tackle their backlog. It helped to make over 158,000 homes decent.

The Social Housing White Paper committed to review the Decent Homes Standard to consider if it should be updated. The Review is in two stages, with the first step considering the case for change. If the evidence demonstrates that we need to revise the Standard, we will consider the strategic, economic and management case for new criteria as a second stage of the review.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the research, Switching to sustainable transport: a rapid evidence assessment, commissioned by his Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of preventing Government agencies and public bodies from planning or developing new city centre car parks in towns and cities.

In light of the report Switching to sustainable transport: a rapid evidence assessment, commissioned by the Department for Transport, there are currently no plans to prevent Government agencies and public bodies from planning or developing new city centre car parks in towns and cities. Government recognises the link between parking provision, local transport policy and the vitality of our high streets and towns centres. However, operationally, parking is the responsibility of local authorities and it is for them to determine what is appropriate in their own area.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce the deadlines for the subsequent bidding rounds of the Levelling Up Fund.

The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

The prospectus published at Budget provides guidance for local areas on how to submit bids for the first round of funding for projects starting in 2021-22. This includes guidance on the process for submitting bids, the types of projects eligible for funding, and how bids will be assessed.

Further detail on how the Fund will operate from 2022-23 onwards will be set out later this year.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether applications to the Levelling Up Fund are required to have planning permission in place and be ready to begin implementation immediately; and if he will make a statement.

The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund (LUF) will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

Applications to the LUF must meet the pass/fail gateway criterion where bids will be assessed against whether they can deliver some LUF expenditure in 2021-22 and demonstrate how they fit with the criteria set out in the prospectus and technical guidance.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is Government policy that work will not begin on constructing the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre until the required £25 million of private funding has been raised in full.

Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the evidential basis was for the Government’s assessment that Victoria Tower Gardens was a cost-effective site for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what value was attributed to (a) Victoria Tower Gardens and (b) its existing uses in that calculation.

Details of the Government’s assessment of Victoria Tower Gardens were published with the planning application and remain available on Westminster City Council’s website.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) consultation about and (b) comparative assessment with alternative sites for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was undertaken by the Government between the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation's recommendation on 13 January 2016 on the location and the Prime Minister’s announcement on 27 January 2016 that the chosen location was Victoria Tower Gardens.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation conducted a very extensive comparison of possible sites before recommending Victoria Tower Gardens. The Government agreed with the Foundation that Victoria Tower Gardens is the most fitting site. Public consultations were held once designs for the proposed Memorial were available: initially on ten shortlisted designs, and then on the detailed proposals which were put forward for planning consent.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he made of (a) the historical importance of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and (b) its potential viability as a commercial operation as part of his decision on the Whitechapel Bell Foundry site.

The decision to grant planning permission for the proposals at Whitechapel Bell Foundry was published on 13 May. The Secretary of State did not make this decision. In reaching his decision, the Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government took into account a wide range of issues, based on the detailed findings of the Planning Inspector who held a public local inquiry into the case. The published decision letter sets out in detail the full reasoning and conclusions and, like all decisions, is published on the gov.uk website.

As the decision is final, unless challenged through the courts, the Government has no further jurisdiction in this matter and I am unable to give any further comment on the merits of the proposals.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans (a) to bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the conduct of insurers offering Professional Indemnity Insurance to those tasked with the remedial works on unsafe buildings or (b) for the Government to underwrite or indemnify the risk under an extension to the Building Safety Fund.

We do not have plans to regulate the behaviour of insurers undertaking PII as this is activity already regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in line with their statutory objectives under the Financial Services and Market Act (2000) legislation.

We understand that some construction professionals are struggling to obtain appropriate PII, particularly for fire safety work. This directly relates to the Government's remediation objectives. We have been engaging with industry to investigate these challenges. This includes developing an industry survey with the Construction Leadership Council to provide a robust evidence base of the challenges in construction PII.

We are also monitoring the effect of PII restrictions on applications to the Building Safety Fund and are engaging with suppliers to ensure they have appropriate PII cover. We continue to work across Government and with industry, to investigate solutions that may improve the availability of PII and continue the delivery of remediation at pace.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the value of wool as a thermal insulator in the construction of new environmentally-friendly homes.

The Government is committed to meeting its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The National Planning Policy Framework sets out how we expect the planning system to help mitigate and adapt to climate change. In their development plan policies, local planning authorities can encourage the use of sustainable materials like wool in new development


We have not made any assessment of the value of wool as a thermal insulator. The Building Regulations are generally couched in performance terms and do not prescribe the technologies, materials or fuels to be used, allowing builders the flexibility to innovate and select the most practical and cost-effective solutions in particular circumstances. Developers are able to use wool products in construction projects where it is safe to do so and where it can be shown to meet all applicable Building Regulations requirements.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish in full the membership of all working groups convened by the Government to develop its proposals for changes to the planning system.

Since the close of the 'Planning for the Future' consultation, we have continued to hear from a range of representatives from across the planning sector as we continue to develop and refine our ideas for reform. We look forward to continuing to engage with a wide range of interests as we take the programme forward.

We will publish a response to the consultation setting out our next steps which will provide a basis for further engagement with the sector.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the affordability of housing association homes in London.

The Mayor has responsibility for housing delivery in London. However, the Government recognises the acute housing problems faced in London. We are providing the Mayor with £4 billion of Affordable Homes Programme funding over the 5 years 2021-2026 to deliver the affordable homes that London desperately needs, working with housing associations and local authorities he now needs to build them.

The Government does not a prescribe a definition of affordability, but we recognise that the fundamental purpose of social housing is to provide affordable, safe and secure homes to those who cannot afford to rent or buy through the open market. This purpose is reflected in the definition of affordable housing in the National Planning Policy Framework and in our approach to setting maximum rent levels in social housing including in London. The Regulator of Social Housing publishes annual statistics on rents charged by private registered providers of social housing (such as housing associations) - this is available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistical-data-return-statistical-releases.

For those who cannot afford their rent, Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is available to provide support with housing costs.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a right to buy scheme for housing association tenants in London.

The Midlands pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy was launched in August 2018. Over 9,000 households registered for the ballot in August 2018, and 6,000 tenants were given the opportunity to apply to their housing association


The Midlands pilot tested key aspects of the voluntary agreement with housing associations not tested in the initial small-scale pilot, including the portable discount and one for one replacement


To date, there has been a total of 1,836 sales across 55 housing associations. The pilot is now in its final stages, with a handful of sales still to complete, and we are considering the next steps on Voluntary Right to Buy.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish data on the average cost of remediation of unsafe cladding per building for buildings (a) covered and (b) not covered by the Building Safety Fund.

Statistics on the Building Safety Fund are published and updated monthly at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the £3.5 billion of funding for the Building Safety Fund announced by the Government on 10 February 2020, in which financial year that funding will be made available.

The announcement on 10 February of an additional £3.5 billion of funding to remediate unsafe cladding from high rise residential buildings provides assurance for residents that all eligible applications to the Building Safety Fund will be able to proceed. This funding will be made available from the current financial year.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the £3.5 billion of funding for the Building Safety Fund announced by the Government on 10 February 2020, what proportion of that funding will be available for grant funding; and what proportion will be allocated to staffing and other administrative costs.

The additional £3.5 billion of funding announced on 10 February will be pay for the remediation of unsafe cladding from all high rise residential buildings which have made eligible applications to the Building Safety Fund.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure, if he will publish the number of responses to that consultation that supported the proposal for a fee that was higher than £100 for prior approval applications through permitted development.

Responses to the consultation recognised the need for local authorities to consider any implications of the permitted development right by way of a prior approval application. This will require local planning authority resources and should therefore be subject to an appropriate fee.

We aim to publish an Impact Assessment on the measures as soon as possible in accordance with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. It will be a full regulatory Impact Assessment.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a £96 fee for applications for prior approval through permitted development on the finances of local planning authorities.

Responses to the consultation recognised the need for local authorities to consider any implications of the permitted development right by way of a prior approval application. This will require local planning authority resources and should therefore be subject to an appropriate fee.

We aim to publish an Impact Assessment on the measures as soon as possible in accordance with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. It will be a full regulatory Impact Assessment.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from local authorities on the adequate level of a fee for applications for prior approval through permitted development.

Responses to the consultation recognised the need for local authorities to consider any implications of the permitted development right by way of a prior approval application. This will require local planning authority resources and should therefore be subject to an appropriate fee.

We aim to publish an Impact Assessment on the measures as soon as possible in accordance with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. It will be a full regulatory Impact Assessment.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of local authorities on the introduction of a fee for prior approval applications through permitted development.

Responses to the consultation recognised the need for local authorities to consider any implications of the permitted development right by way of a prior approval application. This will require local planning authority resources and should therefore be subject to an appropriate fee.

We aim to publish an Impact Assessment on the measures as soon as possible in accordance with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. It will be a full regulatory Impact Assessment.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the fire and rehire proposals tabled by senior managers in Homes England; and if he will make a statement.

On 3 March the Secretary of State approved Homes England's pay remit for 2020/21. This was a valuable award towards the maximum level allowable across the Public Sector. I am therefore confident that it will allow for the Agency to implement a new pay and grading structure which is based on the principle of ensuring pay equality for its staff. Homes England are at the early stages of what I am sure will be successful negotiations, conducted through normal process with staff and unions. Officials have been asked to support these negotiations to ensure that options for implementation are properly explored and that due process and guidance is followed.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he approved the recourse to fire and rehiring of staff if the unions and staff in Homes England did not accept the new pay proposals when agreeing to parts of the pay business case made by Homes England.

On 3 March the Secretary of State approved Homes England's pay remit for 2020/21. This was a valuable award towards the maximum level allowable across the Public Sector. I am therefore confident that it will allow for the Agency to implement a new pay and grading structure which is based on the principle of ensuring pay equality for its staff. Homes England are at the early stages of what I am sure will be successful negotiations, conducted through normal process with staff and unions. Officials have been asked to support these negotiations to ensure that options for implementation are properly explored and that due process and guidance is followed.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date he became aware of proposals involving fire and rehiring of staff in Homes England; and whether he approved those measures.

On 3 March the Secretary of State approved Homes England's pay remit for 2020/21. This was a valuable award towards the maximum level allowable across the Public Sector. I am therefore confident that it will allow for the Agency to implement a new pay and grading structure which is based on the principle of ensuring pay equality for its staff. Homes England are at the early stages of what I am sure will be successful negotiations, conducted through normal process with staff and unions. Officials have been asked to support these negotiations to ensure that options for implementation are properly explored and that due process and guidance is followed.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 4 of the Civil Service management code: November 2016, whether Homes England is required to comply with the obligation set out in that code on submitting to his Department proposals or arrangements that are contentious; that it should submit to the Cabinet Office proposals or arrangements which are contentious; and what assessment he has made of the equity of fire and rehire proposals for staff of Homes England.

On 3 March the Secretary of State approved Homes England's pay remit for 2020/21. This was a valuable award towards the maximum level allowable across the Public Sector. I am therefore confident that it will allow for the Agency to implement a new pay and grading structure which is based on the principle of ensuring pay equality for its staff. Homes England are at the early stages of what I am sure will be successful negotiations, conducted through normal process with staff and unions. Officials have been asked to support these negotiations to ensure that options for implementation are properly explored and that due process and guidance is followed.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to provide more accessible toilets in town centres.

Public toilets are a valuable community amenity that allow all members of the community to access vital services in our towns and high streets. This Government recognises the important role they play and as a result, has provided a broad range of support to not only maintain access to these vital facilities throughout the pandemic but is also taking steps to increase provision of accessible, Changing Places toilets.

At Budget 2018, we offered 100 per cent business rates relief for public toilets across England supporting local authorities, in their responsibility for opening, maintaining and overseeing toilet provision in their area.

As we begin to return to normality following COVID-19 restrictions, the Government has further supported local authorities to increase toilet provision and support repair, maintenance and enhanced cleaning regimes through the £56 million Welcome Back Fund. This funding is available to all areas of the Country and has helped to ensure a safe and successful return to our high streets and town centres.

In addition, we are soon to launch the £30 million Changing Places programme. Delivered in partnership with the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK, this programme will substantially increase the provision of Changing Places accessible toilets in existing buildings across England, allowing people who need these facilities to get out and about, and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the recent increase in antisemitic attacks.

There is no place in our society for antisemitism and we condemn it whole-heartedly. The Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government have published a joint letter in the Jewish Chronicle reassuring the Jewish Community of the Governments steadfast commitment to combatting antisemitism. This was accompanied by a visit to Golders Green and Finchley Road, with police and community representatives and we remain in dialogue with leaders of the Jewish community.

We are providing £14 million this year to the protective security grant to protect Jewish schools and community buildings. We were also the first country to take the important step of adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism in 2016; and, following our encouragement, over three quarters of local councils have adopted the definition.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) selection criteria, (b) assessment criteria and (c) scoring system for the assessment of applications for the first round of the Levelling Up Fund.

The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

We have published the following on gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/levelling-up-fund-additional-documents. The methodology used to calculate the index of places set out in the prospectus, a technical note setting out further guidance on eligibility, MP support and the application and assessment process for the first round of the Levelling Up Fund.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to evaluate and support Shrewsbury to receive funding from the Towns Fund.

The Towns Fund, which comprises Town Deals and the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF), will drive the economic regeneration of towns and high streets across England to deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. The Levelling Up Fund builds on this, making £4.8 billion available to ensure more places, like Shrewsbury, can benefit from investment in local infrastructure that will improve our towns and high streets and drive long-term economic growth.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken in response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s review into Local Government Ethical Standards.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life report of their review recommends some strengthening of the local government standards and conduct system with numerous legislative changes and amendments. Of the 26 recommendations, 22 were aimed at Government and we have been considering these carefully. I will be issuing the Government response to the report in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to proceed with the Fair Funding Review.

The department took a decision not to proceed with implementing the Review of Relative Needs and Resources in 2021-22 in order that councils and central government alike could focus on meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the immediate public health challenges have passed, the government and the sector will work together to consider the appropriateness of the reforms previously proposed. Final decisions on the way forward for local government finance reform will be taken at the forthcoming Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to create a digital data repository, bringing together key data-sets relating to community facilities and their levels of use.

Community facilities are vital to maintaining the health of our local communities, and citizens should easily be able to identify what is available to them in their local area. Through the planning reforms, we will be looking to collect particular data that is classed as community facilities, for example open spaces such as parks and gardens. This data will be openly available to all who would like to view it on a map. Local authorities currently offer ‘live’ levels of occupancy for some of their most used facilities (e.g. swimming pools).

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the go live date is of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers.

The Government will set out further details of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in a UK-wide investment framework published later this year and the profile will be confirmed at the next Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the announcement by his Department on 4 March 2021 of funding for accessible toilets under the Changing Places scheme, when his Department plans to provide further information on the application process for that funding.

District and Unitary Authorities in England will receive full details of how they can access this funding soon. Local authorities will be invited to 'opt in' to receive a proportion of this £30 million funding to install facilities in their communities and boost the number of Changing Place toilets in existing buildings.

This programme will be delivered in partnership with the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK who will be supporting local authorities in their delivery and are undertaking the largest consultation to date with users of Changing Places toilets in England to help develop our understanding of user needs and priorities.

In the meantime, local authorities are encouraged to consider where Changing Places toilets are most needed in their communities and are encouraged to begin identifying and working in partnership with other organisations who may help to deliver these facilities.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jun 2021
What recent assessment he has made of the opportunities to bid for levelling up funding.

Levelling up all four nations of our United Kingdom remains at the centre of this Government’s mission – and in particular my Department as MHCLG becomes a UK-wide Department again. Our £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. And only a fortnight ago I was delighted to visit Wales and hear from local leaders about their exciting ambitions for their local areas, and take in the sites including Treorchy High Street – the current reigning Great British High Streets Champion.

Robert Jenrick
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
14th Jun 2021
What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on high street businesses of proposals for a new permitted development right to allow more premises to change to residential use.

Our new permitted development rights will boost our high streets and town centres, put vacant buildings back to use, and help to build the homes this country needs. They will create jobs, deliver more housing, and create an easier and more flexible environment for businesses to set up and flourish. Previous permitted development right changes have already delivered over 72,000 new homes over the last 5 years to March 2020. And a survey last year showed three quarters of small and mid-sized property builders expect to make use of the changes to Permitted Development Rights to deliver more housing units.

Robert Jenrick
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that organisations do not experience a lag in funding between the European Social Fund ending and the Shared Prosperity Fund commencing.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers. We are working to ensure that there is a seamless transition from current EU structural funds to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The November 2020 Spending Review set out the main strategic elements of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in the Heads of Terms. We will ramp up funding so that total domestic UK-wide funding will at least match EU receipts reaching around £1.5 billion a year. In addition, the UK Government is providing additional funding in 2021/22 through the UK Community Renewal Fund to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jun 2021
Whether it is his policy that Local Nature Recovery Strategies should be given consideration by local authorities in all planning decisions.

The Environment Bill currently before Parliament provides for a strengthened biodiversity duty on public authorities to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity. This strengthened duty includes a requirement to have regard to relevant Local Nature Recovery Strategies.

Our planning reforms will reinforce the implementation of these measures, to capitalise on the potential of Local Nature Recovery Strategies and biodiversity net gain as we seek to make the system clearer and more positive.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jun 2021
Whether it is his policy that Local Nature Recovery Strategies should be given consideration by local authorities in all planning decisions.

The Environment Bill currently before Parliament provides for a strengthened biodiversity duty on public authorities to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity. This strengthened duty includes a requirement to have regard to relevant Local Nature Recovery Strategies.

Our planning reforms will reinforce the implementation of these measures, to capitalise on the potential of Local Nature Recovery Strategies and biodiversity net gain as we seek to make the system clearer and more positive.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jun 2021
What steps his Department is taking to improve building safety.

The Building Safety Bill announced in the Queen’s speech is a comprehensive piece of legislation which will bring about a once in a generation change to building safety, and will ensure that people, homes, and buildings are safer in future, and that the right people are held to account.

It will introduce a new regulatory regime for high-rise buildings and for construction products and will drive the regulatory, cultural and behavioural changes needed to ensure people are safe in their homes and residents are at the heart of the new, robust system.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jun 2021
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role of local authorities in helping to prevent outbreaks of covid-19.

The Secretary of State and I have regular discussions with our ministerial colleagues regarding local authorities’ role in the COVID-19 response, and our department and Government work closely with local authorities to help strengthen local-national partnerships in helping to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Jun 2021
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on his Department's role in delivering the Government's levelling up agenda.

My Department is playing a key role in levelling up, including supporting our towns and cities to recover and thrive post-Covid, to regenerate our high streets, and to ensure all places have the capacity and capability to level up.

We are working closely with colleagues across Government to deliver our shared priorities on levelling up.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)