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Brandon Lewis has defended a funding settlement for local authorities which he says is “fair to all parts of the country”. The Government unveiled its allocations for councils today, which follow on from the longer-term plan announced l... Continue to article
Hilary Benn hit out at the Government's cuts to local councils ahead of Eric Pickles' statement on funding later today. "Very significant reductions in funding going to communities going to communities and local authorities, much bigger... Continue to article
Hilary Benn accused the Government of making swingeing and unbalanced cuts to local authority budgets. “David Cameron said that he would freeze council tax, but this survey result today shows that his own Conservative councils are saying... 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
Prime minister David Cameron attends an EU leader's summit in Brussels Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg delivers a speech in London on education where he will announce a champion's league of head teachers Leader of the Labour Party Ed... Continue to article
Hilary Benn said the Government's changes to council tax were taking the country back to the poll tax. "This is a tax increase that is affecting a lot of people, including some who weren't paying any council tax at all, why? Because they... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband MP Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Harriet Harman MP Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP ... 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
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander attends the Institute for Civil Engineers’ UK transport conference in London (09.35) Labour Party leader Ed Miliband holds a Q&A session at the Labour Party Conference (14.15) Environmen... Continue to article
Hilary Benn insisted Labour had changed since the spin battles between the Blairite and Brownite camps chronicled in Damian McBride's account of the New Labour era. "Well, if you’re referring to Damian McBride’s book, look - this is the ... Continue to article
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'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."
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.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has written to David Cameron urging him to rule out a repeal of the fox hunting ban - today is the fifth anniversary of the ban's introduction.
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