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Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary

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  • 16:43 In Brief Events

    16:43 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Housing Minister Brandon Lewis makes an announcement on rental loan deposit schemes Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins and shadow communities and government secretary Hilary Benn speak at the launch, in the House of Commons, of the N... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd December
  • 16:29 Story (9 links): 3 in 4 councils 'dimming lights', say Labour

    PoliticsHome 3 in 4 councils 'dimming lights', say Labour Story View links

    Three quarters of councils are turning off or dimming street lights to save money, according to new research by the Labour party.

    Figures showed 50 local authorities were switching some lights off at night while 106 were either switching off or dimming lights.

    The news comes days after councils were warned of financial challenges to come, with more cuts to services expected.

    "Our research shows however that significant areas of Britain have been plunged into darkness since May 2010 as a result of David Cameron and Eric Pickles' policies,” Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn said.

    Local government minister Penny Mordaunt said councils should be allowed "to make a decision for what suits local people", and denied that local authorities were effectively being forced into the measures by a lack of funding from central government.

    "There are 25 councils who’ve given their costs and the amount of money this has saved them. Just between 25 of them this has saved them £10m, and that’s money that can be put into other things," she told BBC News.

    "There is no diktat from Whitehall – that’s what happened under the last government, that’s not what’s happening under us."

     

  • 14:35 Penny Mordaunt: Decisions over switching off street lights should be left to councils On air

    On Air | Penny Mordaunt MP | Communities minister | BBC News Video Penny Mordaunt MP

    Penny Mordaunt argued that councils should be free to decide whether to switch off street lights in some areas in order to save money. “This is about allowing councils to make a decision for what suits local people. Street lighting is ve... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 21st December
  • 17:00 Labour: Troubled families - a majority of these families still have nobody in work - Hilary Benn Press Release

    17:00| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities Secretary, responding to Eric Pickles announcement on troubled families, said: "Labour support councils in the work they are doing on this programme, but a majori... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 18th December
  • 14:05 Hilary Benn: Government has taken most money from the most deprived communities On air

    On Air | Hilary Benn MP | Shadow Communities and Local G... | BBC News Video Hilary Benn MP

    Hilary Benn accused the Government of disproportionately targeting poorer areas with cuts to local government spending. “I’m the first to recognise that councils have done an extraordinary job in very difficult circumstances, but let’s f... Continue to article

  • 13:19 Councils will receive 1.8% funding cut - Communities Minister House of Commons

    Councils will receive 1.8% funding cut - Communities Minister House of Commons

    Councils will see their overall funding cut by an average of 1.8% in 2015-16, the Communities Minister has announced.     In a statement to the House Kris Hopkins told MPs: “We have kept the overall reduction to 1.8%, lower than last yea... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 13:44 Hilary Benn: Combine fairness for England and maintaining the unity of the UK On air

    On Air | Hilary Benn MP | Shadow Communities and Local G... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Hilary Benn MP

    Hilary Benn denied that the Labour party was unwilling to cooperate over the issue of English votes for English Laws. “What we weren’t interested [in] was... his blatant attempt, at 7 o’clock in the morning after the Scottish referendum ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:01 In Brief Events

    17:01 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a Women’s Aid event in the House of Commons (4:00pm) Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced further roll out of universal credit Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone pu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 15:38 Pickles questions Benn over of lack of support for Miliband House of Commons

    Pickles questions Benn over of lack of support for Miliband House of Commons

    Eric Pickles has accused Hilary Benn of failing to back the Labour leader Ed Miliband, during Communities questions today. The Communities Secretary confronted his opposition counterpart in the House of Commons, suggesting that his absen... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 2nd November
  • 11:20 Hilary Benn: We believe in 100% elected Lords On air

    On Air | Hilary Benn MP | Shadow Communities and Local G... | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Hilary Benn MP

    Hillary Benn defended Labour's opposition to the Government's proposals for an 80% elected House of Lords, and set out his party's plans for an elected senate. "The party's long been in favour of a 100% elected House of Lords. The issue,... Continue to article

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Stories involving Hilary Benn

3 in 4 councils 'dimming lights', say Labour

Three quarters of councils are turning off or dimming street lights to save money, according to new research by the Labour party.

Figures showed 50 local authorities were switching some lights off at night while 106 were either switching off or dimming lights.

The news comes days after councils were warned of financial challenges to come, with more cuts to services expected.

"Our research shows however that significant areas of Britain have been plunged into darkness since May 2010 as a result of David Cameron and Eric Pickles' policies,” Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn said.

Local government minister Penny Mordaunt said councils should be allowed "to make a decision for what suits local people", and denied that local authorities were effectively being forced into the measures by a lack of funding from central government.

"There are 25 councils who’ve given their costs and the amount of money this has saved them. Just between 25 of them this has saved them £10m, and that’s money that can be put into other things," she told BBC News.

"There is no diktat from Whitehall – that’s what happened under the last government, that’s not what’s happening under us."

 


Pickles warns of non-English 'sub-class'

Immigrants who are not taught to speak English "like a native" face life as members of an unemployable "sub-class", Eric Pickles has said.

In an exclusive interview with PoliticsHome's sister publication The House magazine, the Communities Secretary said the Government wanted people to speak adequate English, adding that there would be a £10m grant to help teach immigrants.

Labour have criticised Mr Pickles' language, with Hilary Benn saying he should be "thinking of practical ways to ensure that anyone settling in this country is able to speak English rather than talking about sub-classes".


The government has set out proposals which would license farmers to cull badgers, to help combat tuberculosis in cattle.


Pickles seizes on council 'rich list'

Eric Pickles says details of high wages at local authorities shows there is still room to crack down on "dodgy pay deals and boomerang bosses" at councils. The Communities Secretary was responding to research from the Taxpayers' Alliance which found that over 3,000 council staff were earning over £100,000 a year. Labour's Hilary Benn said the Conservative Party needed to "get their house in order" as the research showed nine out of ten of "top town hall earners" were employed by Tory councils.


Labour plans to open energy market

Labour's "green manifesto" reveals that the party would be prepared to legislate to ensure greater competition in energy markets. The manifesto, released yesterday, revealed it wanted to open the retail energy market which it said was dominated by the "big six".


Environment secretary Hilary Benn has ruled out compulsory insurance for dog owners, saying the government did not want to "penalise" responsible owners. The Conservatives have accused the government of a "humiliating u-turn."