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Communities secretary Eric Pickles takes part in a Twitter Q&A session (17.15) Universities minister David Willetts and Stephen Metcalfe MP speak at a 2020Health event on healthcare, life sciences and the economy (13.00) Damian Hinds ... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Defence questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Intellectual Property Bill: Second reading Motion to approve SI relating to terrorism Motion relating to business of the House on December 10 Draf... Continue to article
The Government’s programme to help ‘troubles families’ has helped 22,000 families, the Communities Secretary has said. Eric Pickles said the troubled families programme had “turned around” thousands of lives and made efforts to “reduce y... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne speaks at The Telegraph festival of business in Manchester Education secretary Michael Gove is expected to deliver a speech on children's services and protection Business secretary Vince Cable continues his v... Continue to article
Eric Pickles has accused his Labour counterpart of using “bogus statistics” about the impact of council tax benefit cuts. Hilary Benn said that 156,000 people, “including the disabled, carers, veterans and war widows”, had been issued w... Continue to article
Eric Pickles said his policies were not "diktats" to local councils. "There are not diktats. A lot of these things, they can ignore me if they want. The thing about localism, it’s not about giving power to local councils, it’s about goin... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron visits the East of England to deliver a speech on small businesses Chancellor George Osborne, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton, science minis... Continue to article
Speech by Rt Hon David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales, to the Conservative party conference. Bore da. Good morning; and it's a huge pleasure to be here at the first session of the final day of this excellent conference. The Unit... Continue to article
Eric Pickles said he was "confident" the Tories would win a majority at the next general election. "I’m pretty confident that we can get into a position where we can get a solid Conservative majority, but don’t take that as complacency. ... Continue to article
Eric Pickles’ car crash interview on the Today programme this morning showed that the Tories’ response to Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze is unravelling. Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron makes an announcement on a seven-day GP access pilot scheme Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is expected to make an announcement on two pilot schemes placing new requirements on jobseekers in ret... Continue to article
Eric Pickles said councils should not use CCTV cameras as a money-raising tool. "I mean 75 councils in the country do this and just short of 1m fines were issued by the mobile cameras and 10m, just short, issued by static and that’s ove... Continue to article
Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: I want to begin by thanking David Sparks and all our Labour councillors, includin... Continue to article
Ed Davey having a go at Owen Paterson, Eric Pickles and Michael Gove over climate change. Of course Tories will have last word at conference
Don Foster criticised some of Eric Pickles' micro-level policy initiatives, but praised the Communities Secretary for his passion for anti-racism and localism. “Eric and I get on incredibly well. I actually respect Eric Pickles for some ... Continue to article
Eric Pickles said the Government's troubled families taskforce will target problem families who are a "great drain on the nation." “The troubled families scheme is about trying to break a cycle of deprivation that’s crossed generations. ... Continue to article
Some politicians might find it a bit strange when a cardboard cut-out of themselves is being used as a travelling companion. Not Eric Pickles though. When confronted with the news that a couple of “huge fans” had brought a 2D-version ...
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".
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.
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".
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