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
Mike Amesbury (LAB - Weaver Vale)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Naz Shah (LAB - Bradford West)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)
Jeff Smith (LAB - Manchester, Withington)
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)
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Monday 25th October 2021
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
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Wednesday 21st July 2021
Building Safety Regime
Written Statements
Select Committee Docs
Thursday 22nd July 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
Thursday 29th July 2021
Homelessness
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a system of (1) means-tested grants, or (2) interest-free …
Secondary Legislation
Friday 16th July 2021
Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2021
These Regulations prescribe the maximum and minimum amount of home loss payments payable in England under section 30(1) of the …
Bills
Monday 5th July 2021
Building Safety Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision about the safety of people in or about buildings and the standard of buildings, to …
Dept. Publications
Thursday 29th July 2021
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Commons Appearances

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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.

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Oral Questions
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Jul. 21
Written Statements
Jul. 14
Westminster Hall
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Bills currently before Parliament

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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

These Regulations prescribe the maximum and minimum amount of home loss payments payable in England under section 30(1) of the Land Compensation Act 1973 (c. 26) (”the Act”) and the amount payable under section 30(2) of the Act.
This Order amends, primarily, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the GPDO”). The GPDO provides, for the purposes of section 59 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8), for the granting of permission for certain classes of development without the requirement for a planning application to be made under Part 3 of that Act. The classes of permission, together with their accompanying conditions, limitations and restrictions, are set out in Schedule 2 to the GPDO.
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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

50 most recent Written Questions

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20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what mayoral deals in urban areas are currently being discussed.

The Government remains committed to levelling up through further devolution deals. We are continuing discussions with the North East and Hull and East Yorkshire to create new Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCA), and all areas in England are invited to apply to form an MCA if there is local support.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a system of (1) means-tested grants, or (2) interest-free loans, to repay arrears in order to prevent an increase in homelessness.

The UK Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support which is available to tenants.

We have extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit 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.

Renters will continue to benefit from longer notice periods, giving them more time to make alternative arrangements. As of 1 June, until at least 30 September, notice periods will be at least 4 months except in the most egregious cases.

We are also providing local authorities with £310 million through the Homelessness Prevention Grant. This funding represents a £47 million increase on the previous year’s funding and can be used to offer financial support for people to find a new home, to work with landlords to prevent evictions, and to ensure families have a roof over their head.

We do not wish to encourage more debt and have prioritised non-repayable support. We believe the best way to support people in need is through the existing welfare system, and this is what our extensive package of economic support is doing.

We continue to monitor the effectiveness of other examples of support, such as those from the devolved administrations in the UK, and note that uptake for loan support has been relatively low in Scotland and Wales.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a civilian memorial to the people who lived under Nazi occupation in Jersey and the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

There are a number of memorial plaques to the people who suffered under Nazi occupation in the Channel Islands. For example, Jersey erected a memorial in the late 1940s to occupied civilians, and erected liberation memorials to them in 1985 and 1995, 2000 and 2016. Guernsey has erected liberation memorials in memory of its occupied citizens in 1985, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal for a sand extraction quarry in the conservation area of Compton Bassett; and what plans they have to give local residents more powers to oppose such planning applications.

This proposal was considered by Wiltshire Council's strategic planning committee on 14 July. Government policy is that local planning authorities should, in general, be free to carry out their duties with regard to day-to-day planning control in their areas with the minimum of interference. Our proposed planning reforms will deliver a simpler, faster, more transparent process, giving communities certainty over what development is permitted through clear land allocations in local plans.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their press release Support for renters continues with longer notice periods, published on 12 May, on what grounds they have concluded that many landlords are “highly vulnerable to rent arrears”.

The UK Government has put in place an unprecedented package of support for renters during the pandemic, including financial measures to enable them to continue paying rent to landlords.

However, we know that 45% of landlords have just one rental property and 38% have between two to four properties. For most landlords, income from rent makes up 42% of their total gross income making them highly vulnerable when their tenants build up rent arrears.

The Government has to balance supporting tenants with landlords' ability to exercise their right to justice where needed. As national restrictions continue to ease, it is appropriate that the emergency measures start to lift but we are doing so gradually.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Liverpool City Council: Best Value inspection report by Max Caller CBE, published on 24 March, which recommended that single-member district council wards be implemented in Liverpool for 2023, whether they intend to proceed with the district council elections in that city in 2022 with the existing ward arrangements.

On 10 June, the Secretary of State announced via a Written Ministerial Statement his intention to make an Order using his powers in the Local Government Act 2000 providing for whole council elections from 2023. He confirmed that the Order would postpone for one year the May 2022 elections of one third of Liverpool City Councillors and their extend terms of office accordingly. The announcement can be viewed (attached) here:https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-06-10/hcws84

In this announcement, the Secretary of State also clarified that he had directed the Council to consider and consult upon a new submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), as part of the current boundary review, to include consideration of a proposal to reduce the number of Councillors to those consistent with elections on the basis of predominantly single member wards; that is single member wards across the whole Council area save where the LGBCE consider a multi member ward is essential to balance their statutory duties of delivering electoral equality, reflecting interests and identities of local communities, and of promoting effective and convenient local government. The new warding arrangements following the boundary review will be in place ahead of the 2023 elections.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide more clarity surrounding freeports and how they will be (1) operated, and (2) governed.

The Freeport model will provide a wide package of tax reliefs and simplified customs procedures. HMT and HMRC are working with Freeports to review and confirm the boundaries of their proposed tax sites, prior to approval and commencement of tax measures. Operators of customs sites will need to obtain authorisation for their customs sites and will be responsible for ensuring goods on site follow the correct customs processes. The Government is actively working with the Freeports to support delivery of the policy and subject to confirming their governance arrangements and business case approval, the first are planned to open for business in late 2021.

Each Freeport was asked to set out in the bid proposals their preferred governance structure. The Government is open to any degree of formality and legal structure providing the proposals meet the criteria and core standards on governance set out in the Bidding Prospectus. The Government is assessing the proposals and will work with the Freeports to ensure that governance is robust. The relevant public body (Local Authority or Authorities or Mayoral Combined Authority) of the Freeport Governance Body will be accountable to MHCLG for the expenditure and management of public money.

The Freeport Governance Body will be responsible for the effective delivery of the Freeport according to the economic strategy determined through the bidding process and the Freeport Governance Body will work with Government to ensure the Freeport stays aligned with national policy and delivers on its monitoring and evaluation commitments.

Business cases from each Freeport will give further information on how their proposals will be delivered. The business cases will need to be approved by Government before seed funding can be released and they become operational.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish its response to the raising accessible housing standards consultation that concluded on 1 December 2020.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer of 18 June to Question UIN 13060.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether all new homes will be required to meet the accessible and adaptable standard following the consultation on raising accessibility standards for new homes, which concluded on 1 December 2020.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer of 18 June to Question UIN 13060.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the average time from an application to the Building Safety Fund proceeding to the second stage to funds being released to the building owner.

Detailed information on the Building Safety Fund application process and estimated timelines can be found in the Building Safety Fund application guidance available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-application-process.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit correctly completed applications as soon as possible. The quicker an applicant submits their application correctly, the quicker their application will be processed. A poorly completed full application will result in delays.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what financial support he plans to make available to leaseholders in homes with unsafe cladding seeking to take legal action against the developers of their homes.

The Government's proposed changes to the Defective Premises Act 1972 as part of the Building Safety Bill will more than double the time available to seek compensation for substandard building work from six to 15 years. These new measures will provide a legal route to redress that is not currently possible for hundreds of buildings, potentially benefitting thousands of leaseholders.

The Government has been clear that those responsible must pay towards the cost of remediating defective buildings. It is fundamental that the industry that caused this issue contributes to setting things right. Some parts of the industry have done the right thing, funding remediation of serious historic defects, but this is not happening in all cases. In many cases, those who caused the problems are evading responsibility. That is why the Government is taking action, providing a route to redress so that those who caused these problems can be held accountable.

Under the Defective Premises Act, compensation can be claimed by the person who originally commissioned the work, or by any person subsequently acquiring a 'legal or equitable interest' in the dwelling. This includes the freeholder of a block of flats, as well as leaseholders. The Government's position is that it is freeholders who are responsible for ensuring their buildings are safe, and that they should meet the costs of remediation without passing them on to leaseholders wherever possible.

The Building Safety Bill further protects leaseholders by imposing a legal requirement on building owners to explore alternative ways to meet the cost of remediation works before passing these onto leaseholders, along with a requirement (in regulations) to provide evidence to leaseholders. Alternative sources of funding which must be explored before passing costs on include recovering costs from applicable warranty schemes, or from the developers or contractors who were responsible for the defects. Claims under the Defective Premises Act are one additional route that we expect building owners to explore, and our reforms will extend that option to hundreds of blocks where it is not currently possible.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps is he taking to tackle rogue contractors and builders.

Through the Building Safety Bill and secondary legislation we are placing a duty on anyone carrying out design or building work on any building to ensure that they and the people they appoint are competent for their role, or are being appropriately trained and supervised. For high-rise buildings, the new regime will make sure there is someone clearly responsible for safety during the design, build and occupation of a high-rise building. The new Building Safety Regulator will provide enhanced oversight across all buildings, and enforce the new regulatory regime for higher-risk buildings.

Where defective work is done despite these changes, the Building Safety Bill extends the limitation period under section 1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972, from six to 15 years, more than doubling the period of time for compensation claims to be brought for defective work following completion. The Bill also extends the scope of the Defective Premises Act to all work done on residential premises, not just the work to provide the dwelling in the first place.

In addition, the existing Government endorsed TrustMark Scheme identifies local traders who have undergone independent checks for both trade competence and good trading practice, providing consumers with increased confidence and ability to choose registered businesses, including builders, who adhere to and maintain high standards.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the environmental impact of the proposal to build a coal mine in Cumbria.

A public inquiry, overseen by an independent Planning Inspector, is scheduled to begin in September. The inquiry will hear the evidence for and against the proposal, and once completed, the Inspector will prepare a report and recommendation for Ministers, based on that evidence. As this application will come before Ministers for decision it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the proposal for a new coal mine to be built in Cumbria with the UK's upcoming role as President of the COP26 summit.

A public inquiry, overseen by an independent Planning Inspector, is scheduled to begin in September. The inquiry will hear the evidence for and against the proposal, and once completed, the Inspector will prepare a report and recommendation for Ministers, based on that evidence. As this application will come before Ministers for decision it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to help support pet ownership among those living in shared ownership properties.

There is nothing within the Government's Shared Ownership model which prohibits pet ownership. Instead, decisions on pet ownership lie with the landlord and will be set out as part of people's lease agreements.

Pet owners should, therefore, check the details of their lease with the relevant Shared Ownership provider prior to purchase. Help to Buy agents will be able to supply contact details for local Shared Ownership providers. A full list of Help to Buy agents can be found on the Government's Own Your Home website.

The Government is in the process of introducing a new model of Shared Ownership that will be more consumer friendly, fairer and more accessible. As with the current version of Shared Ownership, there will be nothing within the new model that prohibits pet ownership.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring the Future Homes Standard forward to 2023.

The 2025 timeline delivers on our net zero commitments, while ensuring that new homes are delivered in sufficient numbers in the places that we need them, providing the good quality, warm homes that consumers expect, and continuing to keep energy bills low.

However, we are not waiting until 2025 to take action. In the short term, we will be implementing an interim 2021 Part L uplift for new homes as swiftly as possible. This is a key stepping stone that will enable us to successfully implement the Future Homes Standard.

We have also listened to calls for a swifter and more certain pathway to 2025 and our work on a full technical specification for the Future Homes Standard has been accelerated. We therefore intend to consult on this in 2023 and introduce the necessary legislation in 2024, ahead of full implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 29805 on Local Government: Coronavirus, what budget has been made available for enforcement activities in respect of ventilation of council-managed buildings in each of the last ten years; what enforcement action has been taken in respect of ventilation of council-managed buildings in each of the last ten years; and when he most recently discussed the ventilation of council-managed buildings with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) other local government representative bodies and (c) trade unions recognised in English local government.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for enforcing health and safety law in council operated buildings.

HSE allocates resources based on planned levels of activity to deliver it's published strategy and plans. It does not allocate budgets by specific risk areas such as business premises ventilation, but inspectors will take action to respond to poor ventilation if identified during regulatory activity.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the risks associated with poor general ventilation in a workplace increased due to the risk of transmitting coronavirus. HSE has carried out more than 300,000 interventions since the start of the pandemic, to check how employers are implementing measures to reduce transmission of coronavirus at their sites, including whether employees are working in poorly ventilated spaces. Where contraventions are identified, HSE inspectors will take action to secure compliance by providing verbal advice, written correspondence or serving enforcement notices.

HSE has also updated their guidance to support employers in addressing the issue of ventilation- www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation/index.htm.

HSE does not collate information about enforcement action taken specifically in respect of ventilation in council managed buildings.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) continues to lead the Government's significant and regular engagement with councils and local government sector bodies including the Local Government Association to ensure information is getting to councils and that we are made aware of any areas of concern:

  • Ministers host regular teleconferences for local government leaders, chief executives and local resilience forums, with other Ministers from across government also present to give updates and answer questions.
  • MHCLG continues to discuss priorities and support measures with councils in each of the nine English regions.
  • MHCLG hosts regular engagement with local government sector bodies.
  • MHCLG's Local Government Bulletin - a daily email sent to over 5,500 local government stakeholders.
  • Ministers from MHCLG regularly speak to and meet with Mayors, both bilaterally and as part of the M9 Group of Mayors.

Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on gov.uk.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the level of financial support required for Cheshire West and Chester Council following the flood damage caused by Storm Christoph.

Cheshire West and Chester Council receive unringfenced funding through the local government finance settlement to spend on local priorities


Following Storm Christoph MHCLG officials worked with local authority partners and the Environment Agency to determine the extent of the impacts of flooding from Storm Christoph and if additional financial support was appropriate.

Government support for recovery costs is predicated on the Flood Recovery Framework, which is activated when impacts are severe and widespread. Further financial support was not judged necessary on this occasion.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes in West Yorkshire have cladding that falls below the safe standard levels.

Information on the number of high-rise (over 18m) residential and publicly-owned buildings with ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations by local authority, is published in Web Table 3 of the Building Safety Programme data release.

For high-rise residential buildings with unsafe non-ACM cladding, the Department is continuing to work with building owners to progress applications for the Building Safety Fund at pace so more remedial works can begin as swiftly as possible. We expect applicants to the Building Safety Fund to start works on site by 30 September 2021 where possible. Information on registrations to the Building Safety Fund by local authority can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics.

We have begun a pilot data collection project for 11-18m residential buildings to identify materials in use and to inform the design of a wider national 11-18m data collection exercise. We will be publishing further details.

The Building Safety Bill will bring about a fundamental change in both the regulatory framework for building safety and construction industry culture, ensuring those responsible for buildings ensure fire and structural safety risks are properly managed.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many houses by housing type have been completed in West Yorkshire in each of the last 20 years.

Annual estimates of housing supply, including new build completions, in West Yorkshire, are shown in Live Table 123, at the following link


https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-net-supply-of-housing

Estimates of the proportion of new build housing by type, based on building control reported new build dwelling completions, for England and the Yorkshire and Humber region, are shown in Live Table 254, at the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-house-building

Estimates of housing type are not available for West Yorkshire.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the team working on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework has undertaken analysis of the different approaches to environmentally-friendly planning by local authorities along the Arc; and if they will publish this analysis.

Environmental sustainability is at the heart of our approach to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, with a core focus for the Spatial Framework development being sustainable green growth.

The natural environment does not fit within administrative boundaries, so a cross-boundary approach is intended to make it easier to deliver against environmental priorities across the whole area. This includes working closely with local partners across the Arc including local planning authorities.

To ensure sustainability is embedded in the Spatial Framework we are producing a Sustainability Appraisal to address environmental issues alongside social and economic issues as the framework and its policies develop. This will inform decision-making and help achieve improved sustainability outcomes. A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report has been prepared as part of our public consultation this summer. This provides more information on our approach and on the Arc's environmental assets.

Two further stages of public consultation on the Spatial Framework will follow, including a second consultation on policy options, and a third consultation on the draft framework. Each stage will be supported by the Sustainability Appraisal and evidence to explain our approach to policy development.

We also appreciate the significant work that has already been undertaken by local partners to develop an evidence base to support planning. We will review the existing evidence and use the most relevant, up-to-date and reliable analysis, to help inform the Spatial Framework's development.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many council homes have been completed in West Yorkshire in each of the last 20 years.

The number of affordable housing starts and completions, broken down by tenure, local authority area, provider and whether they are a new build or acquisition can be found in the affordable housing statistics open data through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply .

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2021 to Question 29765 on High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention, how much and what proportion of the £30 million Waking Watch Relief is (a) allocated, (b) spent and (c) unspent.

Data on the Waking Watch Relief Fund, including the amount of funding allocated and approved, has been published at: www.gov.uk/guidance/waking-watch-relief-fund#waking-watch-relief-fund-data.

The majority of the Fund is administered by local and regional authorities, who are responsible for providing the allocated funding to buildings in their area.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with relevant stakeholders on the potential response of managing agents’ professional indemnity insurers to building and fire safety works obligations under the Building Safety Bill.

The Government understands that those involved in the construction industry are struggling to obtain adequate professional indemnity insurance (PII) for fire safety work.

We have been engaging with industry to investigate these challenges and those arising from the increased obligations outlined in the Building Safety Bill. This includes developing an industry survey with the Construction Leadership Council to provide a robust evidence base on the construction PII market.

We are working across Government and with industry to find possible solutions that may improve the availability of PII for construction professionals.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the proposed timescale for an Accountable Person to be able to commence building safety works under the provisions of the Building Safety Bill.

The Building Safety Bill sets out requirements on Accountable Persons to make a full assessment of and take reasonable steps to manage prescribed building safety risks, which are defined in the Bill as the spread of fire and structural failure.

The draft transition plan, developed with the HSE, published alongside the Bill, sets out expected timeframes for the provisions in the Bill coming into force.

We currently expect the provisions relating to the new duties on Accountable Persons to come into force around 18 months after the Bill gains Royal Ascent.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to make an assessment of the potential effect of reductions in funding for local government on regional health disparities, including life expectancy.

The Government carefully considers how its policies will affect communities across the country. For example, each year, we conduct an assessment of the equality impacts of the annual Local Government Finance Settlement and publish a statement on the Gov UK website. As the equality statement makes clear, this year the Government made available an increase in overall Core Spending Power of 4.6% in cash terms and ensured that no local authority saw a reduction in Core Spending Power compared to 2020-21, which benefitted all those with protected characteristics. These increases build on the largest year-on-year increase in spending power in a decade in 2020-21.

Reducing health inequalities will also be a core aim of the new Office of Health Promotion (OHP). The OHP will systematically tackle the top preventable risk factors, improving the public's health and narrowing health inequalities. It will set health improvement priorities for government, and will work with the whole of government, the NHS, local government, industry and wider partners to deliver on these priorities.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications his Department received to the Levelling Up Fund by the closing date for first round applications of 18 June 2021.

I am delighted to say that the first round of the Levelling Up Fund received significant interest from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland bidding authorities across the three investment priorities of the Fund. Bids are currently being assessed in line with the published assessment process. Outcomes from the first round of bids for the Levelling Up Fund will be announced later in the year and bidding authorities will be informed in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications his Department received to the Levelling Up Fund by the closing date for first round applications of 18 June 2021 from local authorities in Wales.

I am delighted to say that the first round of the Levelling Up Fund received significant interest from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland bidding authorities across the three investment priorities of the Fund. Bids are currently being assessed in line with the published assessment process. Outcomes from the first round of bids for the Levelling Up Fund will be announced later in the year and bidding authorities will be informed in due course.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the easing of covid-19 restrictions on 19 July 2021 on the delivery of statutory public services.

The relationship between cases and hospitalisation has changed; and while cases will continue to rise as set out from the start of the Roadmap, the vaccination programme has substantially weakened the link between infection and serious illness or death


Local authorities in England have a statutory duty to provide a range of services to their communities and have business continuity plans in place in order to continue to deliver these services and mitigate against any disruptions.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are making available to immigrants from Hong Kong; and, in particular, those settling in London.

On 31 January, the UK launched a new immigration route for British National (Overseas) [BN(O)] status holders and their dependents and on 8 April, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a new UK-wide Welcome Programme to support Hong Kong BN(O) status holders with a package worth £43.1 million. Further detail on the announcement was published (attached) on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-welcome-for-hong-kong-arrivals

Alongside this announcement, a comprehensive Welcome Guide was published on GOV.UK for Hong Kong BN(O) status holders settling in the UK, in both English and Cantonese. Further information is available (attached) at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/welcome-a-guide-for-hong-kong-british-national-overseas-visa-holders-in-the-uk

To co-ordinate support and offer practical advice to BN(O) status holders, MHCLG is working with Strategic Migration Partnerships (SMPs) to establish a network of 12 Welcome Hubs across the UK including in London.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what considerations they have given to replicating the Pool Re insurance model to help resolve the insurance premium increases faced by leaseholders in developments with building and fire safety defects.

The Government is aware that some leaseholders are facing high buildings insurance premiums as a result of fire safety issues. We are continuing to closely monitor the market and are working with the insurance industry to encourage market-led solutions.

With regard to Pool Re, we would not typically recommend drawing parallels with existing Government-backed insurance schemes given the specific design of any intervention is dependent on the size, frequency and nature of the risk being insured.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made made of the average monthly cost of private rent in West Yorkshire in 2020.

For the latest year (to March 2021) the average monthly private rent in the West Yorkshire metropolitan area was £643 per month (mean) or £595 per month (median).

Full rental estimates are available through the following dataset: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/housing/datasets/privaterentalmarketsummarystatisticsinengland.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with property developers in response to the Competition and Markets Authority agreement with Persimmon on freehold costs.

Ministers meet a range of stakeholders from the development industry on a regular basis. However, no meetings with developers have specifically covered the CMA’s agreements with Persimmon. The commitments secured by the CMA are a hugely important step and demonstrate our determination to support affected leaseholders. We urge other developers to follow suit.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to (a) monitor and (b) ensure that the public pledge of 27 June 2019 made by freeholders for leaseholders is being upheld.

We understand the difficulties and frustrations for existing leaseholders who are unhappy with the ground rent they are required to pay and feel their leases should be changed.

The Public Pledge for Leaseholders is a voluntary code signed by over 60 freeholders, developers, investors and property agents. The signatories to the pledge who are freeholders committed to contacting existing leaseholders with ground rents that doubled more frequently than every 20 years, to offer to amend to increases based on RPI.

The Government asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate potential mis-selling of homes and unfair terms in the leasehold sector. We are pleased that the CMA is taking enforcement action in relation to two key issues. First, to tackle certain instances of mis-selling of leasehold property. Second, to address the problems faced by homeowners from high and increasing ground rents. On 23 June the CMA announced commitments secured from Aviva and Persimmon to amend their practices regarding doubling ground rents and houses sold as leasehold.

Aviva have committed to remove ground rent terms that the CMA considers unfair and repay homeowners who saw ground rents doubled. It will also remove terms that were originally doubling clauses that have been converted to RPI-based ground rent terms.

The CMA also recommended improvements to the quality of information available to consumers early in the buying process. Specifically, Persimmon has agreed to extend the timeframe that prospective buyers are given to exchange contracts after reserving a property, and to provide people with more upfront information about the annual costs of buying a home. This addresses concerns that the reservation period – i.e. the period of time during which a potential buyer must take a number of steps to progress the purchase – is too short and can pressure the buyer into making a decision.

These commitments are a hugely important step and demonstrate our determination to support affected leaseholders. We urge other developers to follow suit.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to bring into force all the provisions under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to better meet the needs of homeless female prison leavers.

This Government is committed to ending rough sleeping this Parliament and fully enforcing the Homelessness Reduction Act.

We are working across government and with the Ministry of Justice to address the barriers offenders face in securing suitable accommodation and are aware of the specific complex needs of women prison leavers.

To reflect this we have updated the Homelessness Code of Guidance to ensure local authorities are equipped to identify the specific support needs of women leaving prison.

The Ministry of Justice has committed over £20 million to supporting prison leavers at risk of homelessness into temporary accommodation and will support individuals into long-term settled accommodation. My department secured funding at the 2020 Spending Review to support prison leavers at risk of homelessness into private rented sector tenancies. The Ministry of Justice has also opened Approved Premises for women.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the properties in the (a) LS1, (b) LS2, (c) LS10, (d) LS6, (e) LS7 and (f) LS9 postcodes that have (i) applied to the building safety fund and (ii) been approved for funding.

We are unable to publish a list naming individual buildings that have applied to the Building Safety Fund. This reflects the position of the Government not to reveal the identity of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding systems on public safety grounds.

The Department is continuing to work with building owners to progress applications for the Building Safety Fund. Application progress is communicated to registrants who we expect will ensure that their residents are kept fully informed. The latest Building Safety Fund statistics are available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Agent of Change principle in protecting pre-existing cultural venues since its inclusion in the National Planning Policy Framework; and what plans the Government has to put that principle on a statutory footing.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what protections for pre-existing cultural venues and businesses will be included in the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what role the Agent of Change principle will have in the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Agent of Change principle and the protection of pre-existing cultural venues and businesses within the planning system.

The Government is supportive of ensuring that existing facilities, including cultural venues and businesses, do not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in their area due to new developments. That is why the National Planning Policy Framework includes the ‘agent of change’ principle. This sets out that planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing business and community facilities. It also makes clear that the person or business responsible for the change of use of land is responsible for managing the implications of the change.

Planning practice guidance on Noise provides further detail on how the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses, or facilities can be addressed. Whilst we have not undertaken further assessment of the principle, local authorities will consider the effects on a case by case basis.

We were clear in Planning for the Future that the reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. We received 44,000 responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. We announced in the Queen’s Speech that we will be bringing forward a Planning Bill in the current session of Parliament, and we will publish a response to the White Paper consultation. This will set out our decisions on the proposed way forward.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of construction developments in the Ivers on (a) biodiversity and (b) local wildlife welfare.

We do not centrally hold information on the potential effect of individual developments. The potential effects of developments are to be considered by local planning authorities as part of the plan-making and decision-taking process. Our partners in local government have the requisite local knowledge that allows them to make the best decisions for their own areas when it comes to development.

The Government has pledged that this generation will leave the natural environment in a better state than when we inherited it. To contribute towards this goal, the Environment Bill will legislate for mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain as a condition of most new development. Ensuring new development leads to more nature, not less, the Government will additionally legislate to introduce biodiversity net gain for new Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in England through an amendment to the Environment Bill.

The reformed planning system will continue to protect the places of environmental and cultural value which matter to us. In line with the ambitions in our 25 Year Environment Plan, we want the reformed system to play a proactive role in promoting environmental recovery and long-term sustainability.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the preservation of the Green Belt of increased housing targets in the Government's proposed changes to planning.

The Government will continue to protect the Green Belt in line with our manifesto commitment. The new method for calculating local housing need introduced last year and reforms to the planning system through the Planning Bill will not change national planning policy on the protection of Green Belt. Local communities will still use local plan policies to establish and protect their Green Belts, and the National Planning Policy Framework will remain a material consideration. The Government has also made clear that local authorities should consider local constraints, such as Green Belt, in the process of planning for new homes.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what impact assessments his Department has undertaken on the effect of the Government's proposed changes to planning on the preservation of Green Belt.

The Government will continue to protect the Green Belt in line with our manifesto commitment. The new method for calculating local housing need introduced last year and reforms to the planning system through the Planning Bill will not change national planning policy on the protection of Green Belt. Local communities will still use local plan policies to establish and protect their Green Belts, and the National Planning Policy Framework will remain a material consideration. The Government has also made clear that local authorities should consider local constraints, such as Green Belt, in the process of planning for new homes.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of how funding for remediation of building safety works will be sourced if it cannot be recovered from (a) the original developer of a building or (b) any existing warranties or insurances.

Our £5.1 billion investment in grant funding for cladding remediation on residential buildings of 18 metres and taller in England will protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of remediating unsafe cladding on their homes.

We are also stepping in to provide a generous finance scheme for the remediation of combustible cladding on medium-rise residential buildings, where the risk is lower. Under this scheme leaseholders in residential buildings between 11-18 metres will pay no more than £50 per month towards the cost of combustible cladding remediation.

Government funding does not absolve building owners of their responsibility to ensure that their buildings are safe. They should consider all routes to meet costs, protecting leaseholders where they can - for example through warranties and recovering costs from contractors for incorrect or poor work.

Under the Defective Premises Act, compensation can be claimed from anyone responsible for the defective work, such as developers, builders and other contractors, architects and designers.

We have seen many responsible developers and building owners stepping up to take responsibility for correcting these defects - for example, in more than half of the high-rise private sector buildings with ACM.     

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 1 July 2021, HCWS145 on Revitalising high streets and town centres, what his timetable is for bringing forward the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework in relation to article 4 directions.

The new policy in relation to Article 4 directions came into immediate effect on 1 July 2021. The National Planning Policy Framework was updated with the new wording on 20 July 2021.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the (a) potential merits of calling in the planning Homebase, Manor Road (GLA ref: 4795) planning application and (b) extent to which that planning application is consistent with the (i) Government's policy on local authority decision-making on where tall buildings should be sited in their local authority areas and (ii) principle's set out in paragraph 12 of his Department's National Planning Policy Framework, published in February 2019.

There is nothing I can add to the decision letter of 14 January 2021 and the application therefore remains for determination by the Mayor of London.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet with the hon. Member for Richmond Park to discuss the Homebase, Manor Road (GLA ref: 4795) planning application.

Due to the Secretary of State’s quasi-judicial role in the planning system, it would not be appropriate to meet to discuss an individual planning application.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has any grant funding schemes in place to help local authorities meet the cost of providing more authorised sites for travellers; and if he will make a statement.

The Government encourages local planning authorities to increase the number of traveller sites in appropriate locations and are supporting efforts through the new Affordable Homes Programme. Local authorities, and social housing providers can bid for funding through the £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26 which will leverage up to £38 billion of private and public investment, and includes funding for permanent traveller sites and transit sites.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether officials of his Department have communicated via (a) email, (b) written letter, (c) text message, (d) video call and (e) in person with Sir Michael Fallon or any other representative of Avanton from 1 December 2019 to the 19 July 2021.

Sir Michael Fallon has not contacted the Department. Any representations on planning matters are handled in accordance with published propriety guidance.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)