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Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local


Government. Happy New Year, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this


question together with questionable four. Councils have long campaigned


for one of the business rates retention. We judges to local


Government Finance bill which will establish the framework for the


reformed system and will work closely with local Government during


the passage of the legislation to the reforms. I find the Secretary of


State for his answer. I welcome the decision for Cornwall to be a pilot


area for this. However, business rates there are low, especially


compared to urban areas. Can he be sure the people of Cornwall the


local council will not lose funding as a result of these changes? I'm


pleased that Cornwall will be an area to pilot the elements of the


new business rates retention system. The pilots will help us develop the


system, want to work for local authorities. We have always been


clear that in setting up the system we will ensure there is a


redistribution between councils so areas do not lose our just because


they collect less in local business rates at the moment. As you know,


Buckinghamshire is the entrepreneurial heart of England.


What assurance can he give the people there that the needs -based


review and the new system will review -- result in rebalanced


funding to better reflect economic growth in entrepreneurial areas? I


visited the area a number of times and he is right to call it


entrepreneurial. Under the new system, they will continue to get


redistributed resources with baseline set so that all authorities


are treated fairly. The Secretary of State will be aware that when the


Select Committee looked at this issue they supported it in


principle, the of details and so. One question that needs resolution


is that in the in the future, the demand for adult social care is


likely to grow quicker than the growth in business rates. Does he


therefore recognise that as well as having 100% retention of business


rates, local authorities will need additional funding for adult social


care and will he look at that? First of all, I am sure the chair of the


Select Committee welcomes the recent announcement last month of


additional resources for our social care, but quite rightly, he points


to the need for longer-term reform and the Government is taken that


seriously. The Government's plans to devolve attendance allowance as part


of business rates retention has caused great distress to over a


million elderly people who rely on it to remain independence in their


own homes. Can he reassure them that this reform will not strip them in


any way of this vital allowance? Or the Honourable Lady highlights is


that when the 100% retention reform takes place it will mean councils


were collectively have an additional ?12.5 billion per year. More


responsibilities do need to be pushed down to councils and the


honourable lady is asking about what may be a make up those


responsibilities. We've not decided yet but will. In the local


Government area it is the district who decides where to allocate land


for commercial development. Can the Secretary of State ensure that the


districts are appropriately rewarded for taking difficult decisions? My


honourable friend makes a good point about districts and their role in


promoting business and development. I'm sure he will welcome the bill


introduced last week, the father councils now outside of London can


also promote business Taverna districts. The Government's Autumn


Statement should an increase of ?2.4 billion income to the Treasury from


business rates, 2017-2018. It is still an allocated. Will he protect


local people from massive increases in council ties by investing this


money and social care and ending the precept that suggested by Unison,


the largest trade union supporting care workers, back in October last


year. The honourable lady will be aware that back in 2010, this


country had a huge Budget deficit thanks to the last Government. All


areas of Government had -- have to contribute to that and that includes


local. I'm sure she will welcome this change is announced last month.


Does the new system allow local authorities and discretion with


regard to business rates levied on hospitals such as Southampton


hospital, which following a revaluation, faces a large increase


in business rates? I can sell my honourable friend that it does allow


some discretion to councils, but I don't think for hospitals it will


all I -- apply. It will apply to businesses and since my honourable


friend has made a point, I will take it further. Further to the question


of my honourable friend asked, when the Government committed to letting


local authorities keep 100% of business rate income, they also


promised further cuts to their funding from Whitehall. Given that


they estimate the councils are already underfunded for the legal


responsibilities, including social care to the tune of almost ?6


billion, when a canny Secretary of State tell the House what further


cuts in funding that people can expect the local services to suffer


in England? The honourable member will be aware and should be since we


publicly announced the numbers that is 97% of councils have accepted the


four year Budget deal where they have come forward with efficiency,


offerings and in return, the Government has guaranteed funding.


That does not mask the fact that it is challenging for so many councils


dealing with their settlement, the many councils are able to deal with


that and honourable gentleman should look carefully about. -- carefully


at that. Our actions to the spending review in 2015 and the settlement


have brought the funding to 7.6 billion over the four years. How


much they spend on adult social care is a matter for local councillors


who know these pressures best. The local Government Association have


been clear that the money raised through increasing that precept will


not be nearly enough to address the ?2.6 billion gap facing adult social


care by 2020. Instead of exacerbating the existing postcode


lottery, will he not commit to an additional ring fence resources into


social care to tackle this crisis? Mr Speaker, in the last spending


review with the Government allocated three and a half billion pounds a


year by 2022 adult social care. Recently I and the additional help


of ?9 million over the next two years. Local councils do play a role


in this and I know that in Sunderland, the average council tax


oil is down in real terms and if in Sunderland a local councillor


chooses to allocate more, they can do that. For many of my constituents


the fundamental problem in many cases is we still separate health


care funding and social provision. It makes no sense to my constituents


and less to me. Can I urge the Secretary of State to speed up the


integration of health and social provision so we can deal with the


needs of patients in the round and put those first and not budgetary


arguments. My honourable friend makes an important point and that's


when it comes to adult social care, a 's all about money. Of course it


has a huge role to play, but it is how that is delivered and we've seen


many councils, where they can approach that integration in a


better way, they have seen significant efficiencies and we can


learn from that. I have the Secretary of State to face the House


and we can benefit from his mellifluous tones. Between 2010 at


2020, ?40 million will have been taken out of adult social care


Budget and you can see the effect just this weekend when you see what


is happening in our local NHS hospitals. Will the Minister think


again and ensure the problem is that local are addressed by Central


Government ring fenced money? I'm sure the honourable lady will


welcome the announcement that was made a a few weeks ago, which is


trying to recognise those precious she identifies and that is an


additional funding on top of the 3.5 by 2020 and an additional nine and


an additional 900 million over the next two years, but what she rightly


highlights is an addition where it will -- situation that we need to


keep looking at. Further to what he said, I couldn't agree more. I guess


most members have had surgery somebody that desperately needs


help. The local Government agree they need help as so does the health


service, but the health service and local Government blaming each other.


It becomes a mess. Would it not be a good idea on a cross-party basis to


look at a new model for social care. Mr Speaker, my honourable friend is


correct to point that out. I've seen many situations like that in my


constituency. He also highlights the need for all of us to talk about


this issue and see what we can do working together. According to


Stoke-on-Trent's clinical commissioning group, there are 26


days between someone leaving Stoke and Royal hospital and getting


social care in place. That's despite a ?6 million subsidy. Is that the


City Council's fault or the Government's lack of funding? The


honourable member highlights that for many areas, of course delivering


adult social care is challenging and that is why I know he would welcome


the recent announcement we made for additional funding on top of a


funding settlement announced in the spending review in 2015. The


Government also recognises there needs to be a long-term sustainable


solution and I know that is the reform he would welcome. Having


spent to date with carers and just before Christmas seeing their


amazing work, they, like me, feel frustrated they are constantly under


pressure. With the minister look at what could be done in increasing


social care and making sure it is subject to a cast iron ring fenced


to make sure the money goes where it is needed most? I can assure my


honourable friend we will continue to look at the re-sources, both for


local councils and Central Government to ensure they are both


adequate. Also, we can continue to push the case for reform to ensure


all councils realise more committed and besides funding. What steps is


the Secretary of State taking to ensure local authorities are able to


move patients in need of social care from hospitals to a more appropriate


facility in a timely Mrs Beckett, the honourable Lady


will know there is a role in doing that well from my department and


working with local authorities and the Department of Health. -- Mr


Speaker. That is why we are part of the funding ?1.5 billion by 2020 for


the improved better care fund is designed to do just that, which is


money that goes towards trying to promote just such integration. Thank


you, Mr Speaker. The House of Commons library figures show that in


the period from November 2013 to November 2016, instances of bed


blocking where social care were solely responsible increased by 89%.


In the 12 months to November 2016 alone, bed blocking has increased by


39%. Does the Minister recognise that the preset package brought


forward by the Government in December is insufficient to solve


the crisis in our social care system, and is putting further


pressure on an already stretched NHS? Mr Speaker, what the Minister


recognises is that the additional funding announced in December will


make a big difference. ?240 million of additional money coming in from


the new homes bonus repurposed in, an additional ?600 million, it is


new money, all at an additional ?600 million that is coming in from the


precept changes. When it comes to the using of money, we all want to


see a reduction in delayed transfers of care, she will be aware of big


differences between local councils in delayed transfers of care, I


think some councils can level others. Number three, Mr Speaker.


With your permission, I will answer this question together with question


number 15. 97% of councils have accepted our historic offer of four


funding certainty and local government Finance Bill will ensure


councils keep 100% of locally collected taxes by the end of this


Parliament. The Secretary of State will be particularly aware that


Worcestershire is an attractive place to live, work and visit and a


particularly attractive place to retire, which is why we have a


disproportionately large elderly publishing. How is the Department


factoring in the additional needs of the more elderly publish in areas in


the long-term funding plans? I thank my honourable friend for the


question and as a Worcester MP myself I wholeheartedly agree with


his opinion of our great country. It is a great place for anyone to


visit, live and to have a holiday Inn. I recognise the demographic


pressures are affecting different areas in different ways. That is why


we are undertaking a fairer funding review to introduce a more


up-to-date and more transparent and fair means assessment formula,


something I know my honourable friend will welcome. Mr Speaker, as


you well know, the Secretary of State has received a proposal from


Buckinghamshire County Council to create a new unitary authority to


serve the whole county. He is also having a meeting with the district


councils, who are submitting a proposal to him to unitary


authorities. Can the Secretary of State confirm to us that he will


give both those proposals equal and full consideration, including


consulting with local residents, as happened in Dorset, can he assure me


that unitary status will not lead to any reduction in funding for


residents? Mr Speaker, I can give my right honourable friend the


assurance she seeks, I will give careful consideration to all


proposals received from local authorities, such as those in


Buckinghamshire, including any financial implications. We need to


ensure that any reform is right for local people and can deliver better


services and a strong local leadership. I should declare I am an


elected member in Redbridge and local authorities like face a double


whammy of pressures, both through an ageing population but also a high


birth rate, which has real funding pressures on our local authority.


Does the Secretary of State accept that even by diverting resources


from other council services into adult social care, and even by


charging the maximum social care presets available, local authorities


like-minded will still face a shortfall in funding for vital


services for older people and what will he do about it? Mr Speaker, the


measures were announced in December will help is local authority. They


will help every local authority in the land to deliver more adult


social care services, but as I have said, as well as more money, we need


reform and some councils do need to learn from others. The 2015


committee report outlined a reduction in central government


support to local authorities by 37% between 2010 and 2016. Whilst did --


what does the Secretary of State had to say to my constituents concerned


about how the cuts announced by Bristol City Council last week will


affect them? I would say to her that Bristol South constituents do not


forget where a Labour Government gives you, the deepest deficit of


any developed country, the biggest recession in almost 100 years, the


largest banking bailout, all of that has meant that this Government has


had to make some difficult decisions, and every part of local


government has had to contribute. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Does my right


honourable friend agree with me that the long-term financial stability of


local government is not only a function of funding from government,


but good management within local authorities? What does my right


honourable friend think we can do to attract people with business


experience to run good local government? My honourable friend


makes a very good point. It is also about leadership and that means


having many businesses in your area and promoting them, and you need


someone with a good track record, who has got that experience that


local people would benefit from. I can think of someone like that in


the West Midlands, Andy Street. He knows full well that leaving


patients in hospital when they are medically fit to be discharged, like


130 currently at Aintree Hospital, is a very expensive way of looking


after people. Why is he not shouting from the rooftops for the 4.6


billion that was cut from social care to be reinvested so that


councils can address the problem now and in the long-term? Mr Speaker,


helping with adult social care is about resources, that is why I know


the honourable gentleman would welcome the announcement of a few


weeks ago, an additional ?900 million over the next two years, but


also, I'm sure he will agree it is about reform as well and he will


have noticed the big difference in delayed transfers of care between


one authority and another. Question five. Mr Speaker, the Government has


listened to calls from local government and representations made


by honourable and right honourable members across the House. New


changes outlined in the provisional of local leisure provision of local


government finance report pointed to an extra ?900 million over the next


two years. The precept would raise about two by 5 million in Sutton but


it is losing around 8 million in support grants. A one-off social


care grant would give Sutton about ?750,000, but it is losing 1.5


million from the new homes bonus changes, which are paying for the


one-off grant, resulting in a loss of ?800,000. Does the Minister agree


that as long as the Government are robbing Peter to pay Paul, we will


see cancer operations cancelled and patients left in distress because of


bed blocking? Mr Speaker, as a result of the Spending Review


announcement of ?3.5 billion extra into adult social care by 2020, that


is per year, and the announcement I made a few weeks ago, ?900 million


over the next two years, all councils including Sutton will have


more resources to do with adult social care challenges. I think


you'll agree with me that the progress in Torbay made in adult


social care was very welcome, but also agree that would he agree that


it was concerning that strict financial rules from NHS England


prompting a renegotiation in terms of a risk agreement, even though


extra money was not spent? Will he worked to see if we can resolve


this? First of all, I am happy to work with my honourable friend and


see what can be done, and to listen to the issue in Torbay, but Torbay


is a good example of how integration can work and how it can really help


local people. Number six, Mr Speaker. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The


Government is committed to tackling homelessness, we have launched a ?50


million homelessness prevention package and we are backing the most


ambitious legislative reforms in decades through the homelessness


reduction bill. I am delighted that Chelmsford will be one of the


country bold-mac first trailblazer areas announced by the Prime


Minister last month. -- the country bold-mac. Would he agree with me


that whilst leaving the 20th century -- rough sleeping in the 20th


century is unacceptable, can to me more about what has been done that


only in England but also in Chelmsford, to end this stain on our


society? Mr Speaker, I think the whole House will agree with my right


honourable friend that it is totally unacceptable. We should do all we


can to end rough sleeping. Our ?20 million rough sleeping grant will


fund 54 projects working to provide rapid response support for rough


sleepers across England. It will help prevent people from spending a


night on the streets in the first place. I'm delighted to tell my


right honourable friend that Chelmsford will receive almost


?900,000 for preventing homelessness in partnership with neighbouring


local authorities. The inspirational ladies football player Fara Williams


was homeless at 15 but went on to captain and play 157 times for


England and is now at Arsenal. Following the appeal for funds to


set up the first national freephone helpline for 16 to 25-year-olds, who


are homeless and at risk of a life on the streets, with the Minister


agree that this is a tremendous initiative, long overdue and should


be government funded? I think the honourable lady quite rightly brings


to our attention a prime example of the fact that just because somebody


is homeless or somebody is rough sleeping, they do not have the


ability to actually reach their full potential and that is what we need


to encourage. I would say to the honourable lady that the Government


currently pays for a service called Street Link, where people can ring


in or use an app where they can report people who are sleeping


rough, which is then brought to the attention of the local housing needs


provider. With the Minister congratulate Kettering Borough


Council and its housing director John Conway for the measures they


have taken during the recent cold weather to get all rough sleepers


off the streets in Kettering and give them the appropriate housing


advice they need? I thank my honourable friend for bringing in


that very, very important and heartening example, some of our


local authorities are doing excellent work to prevent


homelessness and rough sleeping and the type of initiative that my


honourable friend is talking about is the type of initiative that


should be followed by other local authorities. Thank you, Mr Speaker.


On Wednesday Glasgow City Council considered a report that shows the


devastating impact that universal credit Willard is having on


homelessness services in the city. So far it has resulted in 73


homeless individuals racking up debts to the Council of ?144,000. It


is completely unsustainable, both for the individuals and for the


Council. Can the Minister Tommy what impact the Willard is having on


local authorities across the UK? -- tell me. This Government has


increased discretionary housing payments to ?870 million across this


Parliament to mitigate some of the short-term challenges that people


face from the welfare changes that are being made. I would also say to


the honourable lady that in terms of local housing allowance rate, 30% of


that funding or the savings from the policy will be repurposed to help


people that are in the highest value areas in terms of the challenges of


affordability. I'm afraid that is completely inadequate. Since 2011 to


2012 welfare reform has meant homelessness performs in Glasgow


have seen cuts over ?6 million to the temporary accommodation budgets.


Does the Minister not accept that to really help rough sleepers and to


help people who are homeless, there must be actual coordinated work


across all government departments? You cannot have one department


undermining the services of another. That is certainly a good point the


honourable lady mentions and I can assure the honourable lady that we


are working extremely hard across government through a cross


governmental working group that I chair. I can also say to the


honourable lady in relation to the issue of temporary accommodation


that she mentions, the management fee which originates from the DWP


policy, is being devolved to local authorities, been devolved to the


Scottish Government. Rather than patting themselves on the back,


should the Government not be apologising for allowing rough


sleeping the double since 2010? This is not an insoluble problem, it just


requires action like that taken by the last Labour Government... Which


saw street homelessness cut by three quarters. So will the Minister adopt


the initiative announced last month by my right honourable friend the


member for Wentworth and Darren and commit to an extra 4000 homes to end


rough sleeping altogether? Will not be lost on him that during


the Labour Government in 2003, homelessness was at a peak. What I


would say is this Government is committed to making sure we


eradicate rough sleeping and we are working extremely hard. There's ?20


million scheme put local authorities, ?10 million to the


social impact upon to get all most entrenched rough sleepers off the


street. We've taken significant action to help high streets thrive


and changing shopping habits. Figures from the estate agents show


that investment in high street retail property last year was up 17%


from the year before. That high streets in my constituency continue


to struggle, just as they do all over the UK. The local authority


does what they can be their support is limited. They need intervention


and support to make the transformation needed. Will the


Minister meet with me? I would be delighted to meet. The business rate


revaluation will have a positive impact. I discussed this with the


chair of his local enterprise partnership, Christine Gaskell, just


before Christmas. The timer more than happy to meet to discuss that


and we're walking with... This is a varied picture across the UK. Small


market towns are being stripped of their banks. What is the policy of


the Minister to try and encourage more competition in the retail


banking sector so that we can try and encourage banking in our rural


towns? This is an important point. It has affected my own constituency.


I'm happy to discuss this with the Treasury further. The business rate


revaluation will have a positive impact on retail property in his


constituency, as it will across many parts of the North and Midlands. We


recognise the pressures faced by the Central care system on top of the


funding we announced in 2015, which will deliver 3.5 billion a year by


2020, we are providing an additional 900 million over the next two years


for social care. Unfortunately, the Roma has already had to make ?55


million worth of cuts. The precepts will bring you 4 million, but


there's another 40 million of cuts the pipeline so we are facing is


fight that some villagers have private contractors and cons of all


social care whatsoever. Could I suggest the ministry goes back to


the Treasury and asks for an announcement on March the 8th? The


honourable lady will know that the Roma will benefit from the


additional ?900 million the Government is giving local


authorities over the latest two years.


Given that so much funding for adult social care goes to care homes and


given that so many of those their inspections, would be ministerial


team consider wrapping care home reform into the adult social care


reform? And what they consider require local authorities to build


new care homes just as they do schools and surgeries? We are always


willing to listen to constructive suggestions. My honourable friend


may be aware the Department of Health are looking very carefully at


the way care homes are provided, particularly in terms of the


regulation and the role of the seat QC. Funding per head of population


in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea is almost that double


received by Enfield, which is facing spending pressures of ?5 million in


adult social care in 2017-2018. Could the Minister confirm that he


will look both that the ring fencing issue and will reflect the assessed


needs of our communities in the future local Government funding


formula? I met with a chief finance officer of Enfield along with my


honourable friend for an field and Southgate is part of the local


Government finance settlement consultation. She will be aware that


local authorities across the country will get benefit of the ?900 million


that they will have access to over the next two years and improved care


which is also ramping up quickly over the next three years. The


neighbourhood planning Bill and my recent statements will further


strengthen neighbourhood planning, ensuring communities have the


ability to shape their area and not speculative development. Thank you


for that welcome and the sun. It has been encouraging to watch


communities develop their own plans. Could it clarify how much time


councils and communities will have two update their neighbourhood plans


once new housing number data has been published? Will he ensure


neighbourhood and local plans carry full weight for that period? I can


reassure my right honourable friend that the Government's expectation


will be every five years, but when there is new data, it doesn't mean


the existing plans are automatically out of date. Will the Minister


ensure that when we have neighbourhood plans, we involve


local and national businesses are more in that planning procedure? So


many of these global and national chains suck the money out of our


communities and many of them put little back in terms of investment.


What can we see what can introduce? Well, first of all, there's the


possibility of having neighbourhood plans for business district areas.


There's the wider issue of ensuring that we capture the uplift in value


when businesses apply for planning permission. There's a review on my


desk at the moment. Would he pay tribute to the hundreds who devoted


a great deal of their time putting together neighbourhood plans and


assure us that in his white paper, that steps will be taken to secure


the integrity of those plans? I'd like to pay tribute to not just that


the people he mentions but to him also, because he's been a huge


champion for neighbourhood planning. I hope the ministerial statement as


hell to address some of his concerns and there will be further action in


the housing white paper. Balou Du Reventon pressure on local budgets


to this completely misses the point in


terms of local need. To homes. Can you say will be done to offensive as


this? The National Planning Policy


Framework is clear. They shouldn't just look at the total number of


homes require, but the right mix of housing to cater for the


demographic, the number of elderly people and so she is right to draw


attention to that issue. I welcome the increased number of housing has


doubled since 2009, but to get to the level we need, we need a


resurgence of the small and medium-sized house-building. To the


Minister agree we need local authorities and communities to


allocate more small sites in the local plan are neighbourhood plans?


He is right, we are far too dependent at this point on a small


number of large developers and we need both to make sure the land is


released and is attracted to small developers and make sure they have


access to finance. Since July, we've announced a 3 billion fund and an


additional 1.4 billion for affordable housing and a ?2 billion


construction programme. 2 billion infrastructure fund and support for


17 garden towns and villages and the white paper will contain further


measures. The all party group of which I'm chairman finance the


quality of new-build housing. Will he be willing to meet with all party


group to discuss our findings on what suggestions could be included


in the forthcoming white paper as well? I would be delighted. I


attended the meeting on the all party rental sector. Which he also


chairs! Busy man. But he is quite right to say that as we address the


fundamental challenge to get the homes we desperately need, we must


not lose sight as quality as well as quantity. Or Westminster Council


right to expect authorities in the South East today, responsibility of


housing as well as education and social care for London's people? I


would think London MPs and Westminster councillors and


everybody would expect as much as possible that local authorities


should meet the need to howls those in their own area and that is what I


guidance is clear run. The fights and local authorities have to police


people outside their areas is an indictment of the failure of this


country over the last 40 years to build enough homes. We will correct


that. Local communities are incentivised to deliver new homes.


However, few residents are aware of this and do not see the gain of


development. With the Minister agree that local authorities to set out


how they spend their new home bonus in the annual council tax bills


statement? He makes an important point which I'm happy to look into.


There's a wider issue of ensuring the communities see the benefits of


new housing. There's community infrastructure Levy and making sure


communities know the benefits they are getting in return for accepting


housing. I don't think we can do much more in this area if their


Budget was being cut by 20% compared to just 1% in Surrey and 2% in


Buckinghamshire. It has put pressure on a whole range of services, not


just here but we are seeing libraries close, social services


under pressure. Over Christmas, hard-working low-paid staff had to


take three days unpaid leave, effectively a pay cut of 1% because


of this Government's cuts. How can you tell me the cuts are in anyway


fair? The question was about building more homes and as I pointed


out in the course of this Parliament, they aren't doubling the


housing Budget which will enable more homes to be built. The


Government concluded the business rates review in March 2000 16.


Following that, the Government announced a 6.7 billion cut in rates


over the next five years and a permanent doubling of small business


rates relief. Six and a thousand small businesses will now pay no


business rates at all. I hear what he said in there's no


doubt there are external factors challenging our high streets. But


I'd say there's a significant package, 6.7 billion. You may want


to encourage some of the business on his high street to check the


re-evaluation of their business rate following the 2017 business rate


revaluation which is now online. No one should ever have to sleep


rough. Our ?20 million grants will help those new to the streets.


Social and buy bonds will also cover 48 areas ambled on success of the


social impact bond which we funded in London. It has helped over 400


entrance rough sleepers get by, feet and into accommodation. I appreciate


that. But number of rough sleepers are district is very high. Local


trusts are tackling it, but the council Budget has been slashed by


50%. Would he agree that unless we support local authorities, we stand


no chance of reducing the number of rough sleepers? She will know, this


Government is backing the homelessness reduction Bill


currently going through the House. That will put a number of


obligations on local authorities to hold people earlier so they don't


become homeless. The announcement in terms of funding for the board will


be made shortly and we are also, as she has heard, providing ?50 million


to start that work at this point so we do not waste time for the


legislation to come into effect. This Speaker, we are currently


looking at alternative ways of giving to the homeless, such as


vouchers, or through a website. Can I ask the Minister to look at this


alternative method of giving as it is possible to take them forward? My


honourable friend makes a very good point and it is generally for


members of the public to consider the way in which they may want to


give to people that are homeless. As I've said, the Government is


absolutely focused on helping rough sleepers and the social impact bond,


?10 million will help the most entrenched sleepers off the street


and I'm sure that's what you want to see. Mr Speaker, the pub is at the


heart of community life and that's why we've made provision for assets


of community value for committees that value their pub.


There are 750 probes listed on the assets of community value. The


moment a nomination goes in, those rights are removed. Local


authorities are free if they wish to apply for an article for designation


and remove those rights across a whole area.


I can announce to the House that we are providing ?50,000 of funding to


pubs which will help them be valued by communities. They are in the


process of introducing banning orders and civil penalties of up to


?30,000 and mandatory licensing. We need to drive up the road


landlord -- rogue landlords so the decent ones are not facing




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