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High Court rules that Eric Pickles unlawfully discriminated against Romany Gypsies who wanted to pitch on green belt sites.
Hazel Blears said she was "frustrated" that the row over a letter sent by Eric Pickles to Muslim leaders was overshadowing the debate on how to tackle extremism. "I think it is important that he’s written to all the mosques to try and ta... Continue to article
Eric Pickles’s letter to Mosques is pretty anodyne. It is hard to see how it could be objected to. But the Muslim Council of Britain is busy complaining about it. Continue to article
Downing Street said the Prime Minister fully agreed with the letter sent by Eric Pickles to Muslim leaders urging them to do more to turn them away from extremism. On David Cameron’s comments today, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesma... Continue to article
David Cameron has defended a letter sent by Eric Pickles to Muslim leaders urging them to do more to turn them away from extremism. The Communities Secretary, along with his DCLG colleague Lord Ahmad, wrote to more than 1,000 imams enco... Continue to article
Theresa May has issued a strong defence of British Jews’ place in a multi-ethnic, multi-faith Britain, as she voiced concern about an “appalling spike in anti-Semitism” in recent months. The Home Secretary joined her Cabinet colleague E... Continue to article
Eric Pickles said the Communications Data bill proposed by the Tories was "very modest". "Things change, things move along, different methods of communication are available, You've got to bear in mind is what we're asking for is just par... Continue to article
The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman updated journalists on what was discussed at Cabinet this morning. He said that Theresa May and Eric Pickles gave an update on work to tackle child sexual exploitation; Sajid Javid gave an update o... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Justice questions (topicals at 12:15pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill (Sarah Champion, Lab, Rotherham) Counter Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (Day 3) Local... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Ed Balls is feeling the pressure. In just a few days, he faces yet another big test of his ability, with huge amounts at stake if he fails. But it’s not the Autumn Statement tha... Continue to article
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces a £214m investment in cycling Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome (12:00) Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announces that the Ea... Continue to article
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
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".
19/01/2015 on The World At One, BBC Radio 4
18/01/2015 on Murnaghan, Sky News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
26/01/2015 on Daily Politics, BBC 2
26/01/2015 on Today, BBC Radio 4
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