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.
Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|Jan. 13||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jan. 13||Topical Questions||Topical Questions|
|Jan. 22||Urgent Questions||Tower Blocks: Dangerous Cladding|
|Jan. 09||Written Statements||Town of the Year Competition|
|Oct. 30||Westminster Hall||Gujarati Community in the UK|
|Jan. 16||Adjournment Debate||Protection for New Home Buyers|
|Title||Last Event||Next Event Date||Last Updated|
|Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill [HL] 2017-19||2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 10 July, 2019||2 Sep 2019, 5:53 p.m.|
|A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales that consist wholly or mainly of public lavatories; and for connected purposes|
|Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19||2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 30 September, 2019||1 Oct 2019, 10:25 a.m.|
|Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 1 November, 2018||2 Nov 2018, 12:03 p.m.|
|To make provision for buildings used as nursery grounds to be exempt from nondomestic rates in England and Wales.|
|Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 1 November, 2018||2 Nov 2018, 1:27 p.m.|
|A Bill to make provision, where two or more hereditaments occupied or owned by the same person meet certain conditions as to contiguity, for those hereditaments to be treated for the purposes of non-domestic rating as one hereditament; and to increase the percentage by which a billing authority in England may increase the council tax payable in respect of a long-term empty dwelling.|
|Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 10 May, 2018||11 May 2018, 1:10 p.m.|
|A bill to make provision about the granting of old-style secure tenancies in cases of domestic abuse.|
|Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 February, 2018||12 Feb 2018, 2:47 p.m.|
|A Bill to make provision enabling relief from non-domestic rates in England and Wales to be conferred in respect of hereditaments used for the purposes of facilitating the transmission of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or electromagnetic energy; and for connected purposes.|
|Tenant Fees Act 2019||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 12 February, 2019||11 Mar 2019, 5:17 p.m.|
|Make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits; to make provision about enforcement and about the lead enforcement authority; to amend the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 about information to be provided by letting agents; to make provision about client money protection schemes; and for connected purposes.|
|Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Act 2019||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 4 July, 2019||5 Jul 2019, 10:21 a.m.|
|A Bill to make provision enabling the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to incur expenditure in connection with digital services to be provided by them for the purpose of facilitating the administration or payment of non-domestic rates in England|
|Current Signatures||Final Signatures||Title||Petition Deadline|
Make 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence.Gov Responded - 4 Nov 2019 Debated on - 13 May 2019
18 Sep 2019
closed 4 months ago
Developers, and other interested parties are circumventing laws protecting birds by 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting.
This facilitates the uprooting of hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline.
|Jan. 20||Review of the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings||Open consultation|
|Jan. 20||Fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings – a call for evidence||Open consultation|
|Jan. 20||New measures to improve building safety standards||News and Communications|
Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.
Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.
|13 Jan 2020, 5:46 p.m.||Second Homes: Council Tax||Tim Farron|
What recent assessment the Government has made of the effect on local communities of second home owners using council tax avoidance schemes.
Answer (Esther McVey)
The Government has removed the requirement to offer a council tax discount on second homes and 95 percent are charged the full rate.
We are considering consultation responses on the criteria under which a property is treated as a holiday let and becomes liable for business rates rather than council tax.