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Nick Brown MP’s Questions to Government on the North East Devolution Deal

29 October 2015

The Department for Communities and Local Government has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (12864):

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities he expects to lose 7.5 per cent of their business rate revenue after the introduction of his business rate reforms. (12864)

Tabled on: 21 October 2015

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

1  To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed changes to business rates on (a) the North East, (b) the North East Combined Authority area and (c) Newcastle upon Tyne local authority area. (12862) 
Tabled on: 21 October 2015

2  To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of administering the proposed safety net mechanism for local authorities which lose more than 7.5 per cent of their business rate revenue in a year; and to what budget this will fall. (12863) 
Tabled on: 21 October 2015

3  To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities he estimates will have a net financial (a) gain and (b) loss in revenue from the proposed changes to business rate revenue allocation. (12865) 
Tabled on: 21 October 2015

4  To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential cumulative financial effecr by 2021 on the twelve local authorities in the North East of the Government’s proposal to localise business rates. (13234) 
Tabled on: 23 October 2015

Answer:

Mr Marcus Jones:

The Government intends to move to 100% business rates retention in England by the end of this Parliament. We have confirmed that as part of the new system there will continue to be redistribution of local tax revenue between authorities and protections in place for authorities that see their business rates income fall significantly. Over the coming months we will be working with local government on the details of the scheme.

Ahead of final decisions, it is too early to assess what the impact will be on individual areas or authorities, but before the start of the financial year, local authorities in the North-East estimated that the total business rates income for 2015-16 would be £854.58 million.

The answer was submitted on 29 Oct 2015 at 17:22.

28 October 2015

HM Treasury has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (12524):

Question:

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what mechanism he proposes to ensure that additional business rate revenue in the North East is allocated to infrastructure investment. (12524)

Tabled on: 20 October 2015

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

5  To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what new mechanism he proposes to stimulate rural growth in the North East. (12525) 
Tabled on: 20 October 2015

6  To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what responsibilities are proposed for the (a) elected mayor, (b) North East Combined Authority and (c) North East local enterprise partnership in overseeing the adult skills budget for the North East. (12527) 
Tabled on: 20 October 2015

7  To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what governance and accountability arrangements are proposed for the North East Investment Fund. (12528) 
Tabled on: 20 October 2015

8  To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the proposed membership is of the skills board for the North East overseeing a comprehensive review of post-16 education, skills and employment. (12529) 
Tabled on: 20 October 2015

Answer:

Greg Hands:

On 23 October the Government signed a historic devolution deal with the North East Combined Authority. As part of the deal, and subject to the passage of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill through parliament, a new directly-elected Mayor for the North East will be created. The Mayor will chair the existing North East Combined Authority. Powers and responsibilities will be devolved from central government to the Mayor and Combined Authority.

Full details of the deal are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/north-east-devolution-deal

A detailed implementation plan will be agreed over the coming months between central government and the North East Combined Authority.

The answer was submitted on 28 Oct 2015 at 13:50.

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The Department for Transport has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (12530):

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role the North East Combined Authority has in relation to the Northern Rail franchise. (12530)

Tabled on: 20 October 2015

Answer:

Andrew Jones:

When known as Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) (trading as NEXUS), the North East Combined Authority were one of five PTEs who are co-signatories of the current Northern Interim Franchise Agreement that commenced in 2014.

The North East Combined Authority is one of the 29 authorities that make up Rail North Ltd. As part of the new franchise competition ‎they were involved in helping develop the Invitation To Tender for the next Northern Franchise, which is expected to begin in April 2016.

Going forward the Secretary of State will sign the franchise agreement, but the management of the next Northern Franchise is being devolved to the Department for Transport and Rail North partnership.

The answer was submitted on 28 Oct 2015 at 12:39.

30 June 2015

The Department for Communities and Local Government has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (3501)

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) policy objectives and (b) measurable outcomes are the Northern Powerhouse initiative. (3501)

Tabled on: 22 June 2015

Answer:

James Wharton:

The objective of the Northern Powerhouse and the Government’s long term economic plan is to rebalance growth across the regions and nations of the UK. Creating a Northern Powerhouse will enable the Northern Region to reach its potential as a driving force in the UK economy – adding a potential £44 billion to the Northern economy, or £1,600 per person living there (in real terms).

The answer was submitted on 30 Jun 2015 at 12:16.

 

 

 

17 June 2015

The Department for Communities and Local Government has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (1801):

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what geographic area is covered by the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative. (1801)

Tabled on: 10 June 2015

Answer:

James Wharton:

The exact extent of the North in the context of the Northern Powerhouse is not prescribed by the Government.

The answer was submitted on 17 Jun 2015 at 16:10.

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (1803):

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress the North East Local Enterprise Partnership has made on each of its principal functions since its formation. (1803)

Tabled on: 10 June 2015

Answer:

James Wharton:

Reporting on the progress made by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership on delivering their Strategic Economic Plan is a matter for the Local Enterprise Partnership and they published a review in March 2015 which is available at: http://nelep.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/North-East-LEP-Annual-Review-2014-to-2015lr.pdf

The answer was submitted on 17 Jun 2015 at 16:13.