Bob Seely Written Questions

Questions to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government tabled by Bob Seely


Date Title Questioner
31 Jul 2017, 2:23 p.m. Combined Authorities Bob Seely

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what further plans he has to introduce combined authorities in non-metropolitan or unitary authority areas.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government’s manifesto commitment is to support councils that wish to combine to serve their communities better and we will consider any proposals councils put forward for a combined authority.

19 Jul 2017, 4:58 p.m. Coastal Communities Fund Bob Seely

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to introduce a fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund.

Answer (Jake Berry)

We expect to provide details of the fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund in early 2018. Coastal areas should not wait for the fifth round to be launched before developing and implementing their plans for revitalising their local communities.

19 Jul 2017, 4:57 p.m. Housing: Isle of Wight Bob Seely

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the level of New Homes Bonus payments made to Isle of Wight Council in each of the last four years were; and what the affordable and other housing delivery figures were on which those payments were made.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The New Homes Bonus was introduced in 2011/12 to provide an incentive for local authorities to encourage housing growth in their areas. The payment recognises newly built properties and conversions as well as bringing long term empty properties back into use and there is an additional payment for each affordable home delivered. Figures for the Isle of Wight for the last four years are set out in the attached table.

19 Jul 2017, 2:35 p.m. Fire and Rescue Services: Finance Bob Seely

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the per capita funding was to each (a) combined and (b) local authority fire authority; and whether such funding to local authorities is provided as a discrete budget.

Answer (Mr Marcus Jones)

Core Spending Power is the Government’s preferred measure of local authority income as it is a broader measure of the resources available to a local authority including income that can be raised locally. This data can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/593183/Core_Spending_Power_summary_including_per_dwelling.xlsx

The Department does not publish core spending power on a per capita basis but does publish core spending power per dwelling, which is available at the same link.