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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
Number 10 has confirmed that Britain will look at "alternatives" to training Libyan cadets in the UK, after five were charged over sex attacks on local residents. The UK has been training the country’s armed forces in a bid to strengthen... Continue to article
Eric Pickles has appointed three commissioners to take over financial control of Tower Hamlets council, after a report criticised its handling of grants and property transfers. Audit firm PWC has published its review of the borough and c... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband hosts the annual Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow Business Secretary Vince Cable is expected to make an announcement on manufacturing Energy Secretary Ed Davey opens West of Duddon Sands offs... Continue to article
Eric Pickles said the Government had made a u-turn on Ebola screenings because the “advice had changed”. He told Newsnight: “We took advice from our Chief Medical Officer. it was felt it would act as a medical precaution and we acted on ... Continue to article
Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Speech to the Conservative Party Conference Conference, I’m old enough to have had grandfathers who served in the First World War. One in the navy, one i... Continue to article
Eric Pickles has thrown his support behind English votes for English laws. Speaking to the Conservative party conference this afternoon, he said that Scottish MPs had “power without responsibility”. “The time has come for change,” he ... Continue to article
The shadow cabinet officer minister has written to the Conservative Party to demand negotiations on TV debates for the 2015 election. In a speech to the 2014 Labour Party conference Michael Dugher challenged to Tory chair Grant Shapps to... Continue to article
Conference, no doubt you've seen the Tories on Twitter encouraging people to “hashtag share the facts”. Well why don’t we do that Conference? Why don’t we share the facts about this Conservative Government: Like the tax cut for mil... Continue to article
HM Treasury press release Since the launch of the two parts of Help to Buy, the Equity Loan and mortgage guarantee schemes. * 82% of scheme completions have been made by first-time buyers * the average house price was £187... Continue to article
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone and Respect MP George Galloway will tonight attend a rally in support of Tower Hamlets mayor Luftur Rahman.
Following a report questioning the way the borough handed out grants and sold off property, Mr Rahman will see some of his powers transferred to commissioners sent in by DCLG Secretary Eric Pickles, after his election victory in May was challenged by the High Court.
Eric Pickles has urged residents to sue their local council if they block extensions in people's gardens. Local authorities have in some cases been resistant to the Coalition's plans to encourage house extensions as part of their construction stimulus package. Mr Pickles has intervened, saying he is "surprised" at this resistance, and that residents will be able to seek damages if their council does so.
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.
Councils are to receive a £100m emergency fund to try to avert a crisis when new rules governing local authority funding are introduced next year. Some authorities have said changes to the way the Government distributes council tax receipts and local government grants means the working poor will be forced to pay council tax as money for exemptions dries up.
Around £2.3bn worth of council tax is currently going unpaid, data released by local authorities has shown. In Liverpool almost £107m is owed in council tax, while Birmingham has arrears worth more than £96m, and Manchester nearly £49m. Several London Boroughs are also owed upwards of £30m.
Eric Pickles has said David Cameron is doing a "fine job" as Prime Minister and is the "most successful leader" the Conservative Party has had since Margaret Thatcher.
However, he admitted the Coalition had gone through a "difficult time" in the last few days with the controversy over advice to motorists and the taxation of hot food such as pasties.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Communities Secretary also defended the controversial 'granny tax' on pensioners, insisting that most "won't be affected" and that "pensioners are in a much stronger position now than they have ever been".
10/10/2014 on BBC Question Time
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22/11/2014 on BBC News
22/11/2014 on BBC News
22/11/2014 on Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4