Housing and local government

Concerned Wordsley and Kingswinford residents are being invited to voice t

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to tackle unfair practices in the private parking sector.

 

Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Mike Wood: Under Conservative leadership since last May, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has protected social care and other core services. Will the Prime Minister reject the calls from the Opposition to scrap the council tax referendum lock, which prevents excessive council tax rises?

 

Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Sandy Martin Labour, Ipswich

Mike Wood: Given the serious questions that have been raised about the disposal of council land in Sandwell, does my hon. Friend agree that the council should also investigate the case of my constituent, Patricia Barlow? Her late mother repeatedly tried to buy a piece of land next to her house, only to find out—after years of asking—that the council had disposed of that land to another business without even notifying her. Should the council look at the price at which that land was sold, and at whether it was all above board?

 

Mike Wood: While I welcome proposals to make it easier to switch away from poor deals, does my right hon. Friend agree that Ofgem needs to go much further than it suggested in its letter to him this morning to protect consumers from exploitation?

 

Greg Clark The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

There is a clear need to get the cost of housing benefits under control, but it is also vital that the needs of the most vulnerable are met. These costs have continued to rise, even at times when the number of people receiving housing benefits has reduced. Unless the spiralling cost can be controlled, the system would soon become unviable, severely limiting our ability to support many of the people who need our help the most.

Mike Wood: Clearly, close collaboration is important not only for efficiency, but for the delivery of effective prevention work. Can my right hon. Friend give additional assurances that the revenue streams of fire services such as that in the West Midlands will be protected, including for commercial activities?

 

Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Mike Wood: What steps the Government are taking to increase the contribution made to meeting targets on energy efficiency and on the use of low-carbon energy by residential buildings; and if she will make a statement.

 

Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Mike Wood: Will the Secretary of State consider how the current system model, including the National Infrastructure Commission, National Grid and Ofgem, could be reformed to make it a more flexible and independent part of an energy infrastructure that is fit for the 21st century?

 

Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

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