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On that point, can I ask the Minister to expand on clause nine, under the convenient heading of release, and just ask if that relief will come too late if the public toilets have already been shut? I raise this point because, not only for Great Grimsby constituency, but the neighbouring constituency, Cleethorpes, a big tourist area, that is a significant concern to local people at the moment.
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The fact is that north-east Lincolnshire has seen its budget cut by some £79 million since 2010, that is as good as chopped in half. On the ground, that has meant that recycling has been cut to a fortnightly collection, charges the bin collections have been introduced, and they've increased children's centres, merged into new hubs, and public toilets also are being closed.
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This is an especially timely debate because it comes just after the prime ministers spoke to my local paper, the Grimsby Telegraph, about planned funding for my council. Which was asked how the government's cuts to some of the least well off areas in the country squared with her promise to help those people who are just about managing, she suggested that north-east Lincolnshire was receiving more than enough funding, and taxpayers in the Yorkshire and Humber region had no reason to complain about the council tax going up.
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If everybody now restricts themselves to eight minutes each, I won't have to put on a time limit which will make a much more pleasant and better flowing debate. It is a pleasure to follow the honourable member the Cannock Chase.
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Particularly as we move towards 100% business rate retention. To conclude my remarks, I'd like to ask the Minister three questions. What measures are being taken to support and protect local authorities from the impact of power station closures, or for that will, in turn, create highly skilled jobs? Before I called the next honourable member, the last two speakers have been very disciplined in taking only eight minutes each.
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I, for one, don't want to see any obstacles in place to the redevelopment of the power station site and the regeneration of Cannock Chase more broadly. Whilst I believe the council should and could have done more to mitigate the impact of the closure of the power station, in terms of business rates, it raises questions as to how we support and protect local authority from significant shocks of this nature.
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One which creates highly skilled jobs for future generations. But we have in the short term a shock to manage. It is my constituents know who are having to deal with Labour council 's failure to balance their books in the short. I'd like to urge the Minister to consider transitional funding to see the council through the next couple of years.
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In fact, I believe, with ambitious, bold and visionary plans, we could create an incredibly bright future based on a new industrial landscape which will serve the local community for decades to come.
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But all said, the impact of the business rates losses should hopefully be a short-term issue. With the designer Outlet Village to be built in Cannock, this gap will, to some extent, be met. This, in conjunction with the redevelopment of the power station site, should see business rate growth for the Council in the medium to long term.
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They should have planned soon for this eventuality, and embarked on further efficiency measures sooner. They would have been a neighbour to position now, instead of defaulting to an argument of blaming the Conservatives for their financial woes. Especially when they are better funded than their neighbouring three district councils.
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The council would have been aware there was always a risk that a 40-year-old coal-fired power station would close and was coming to the end of its life span. They should have had contingency plans in place. The consequences, cuts to services which will adversely affect my constituents.
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Anyone who's worked in business will be familiar with swot analysis. With the scale of business rates losses and the impact this would have on the financial stability of the local council, the possibility and threat of the power station closing should have been at the top of the council's priority list, and issues to prepare for.
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It has also hit the local council, Cannock Chase district Council, very hard. The closures sees them lose £1 million in business rates per year. Unfortunately, though, it is my constituents, my residents, businesses and charities who are paying the price for the failure of the Labour run local authority to plan for this.
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Whilst I wholly agree with the government's plans to extend business rate retention there's one issue I'd like to address there's one issue I'd like to disappointing news for the employees and contractors working at the site, and also the local community, as the power station had come home to a large number of sports clubs and recreational groups.
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There are many services they want to get involved in, for the betterment of the local communities, and bring their passion, drive for efficiency, and something they offer above all, their direct connection with voters. However, business rates don't always offer councils certainty, and there can be an issue when a council faces a large ratepayers closing their operations.
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There are many local authorities that deserve to be congratulated on their budget in these difficult times, and have protected front line services by sharing services with other councils, investing wisely, developing the local economy, and many other actions that have seen them rise to the financial challenges. There are various aspects to the bill which will give local authorities more control, including the ability to set and reduce the business rate multiplier, creating incentives for them to grow their business rate income.
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I welcome these changes as I see it as a key part of a devolution of powers and budget, and remove from local authority's reliance on central government grants. These reforms will give local authorities greater control, responsibility and accountability. I also believe this is a great way to provide councils less.
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It is a great pleasure to follow the member the Knowsley, and can I also wish the Minister a very happy birthday. I hope he will get some time to enjoy his birthday and two. Madam Deputy Speaker... I am very grateful to have the opportunity to speak in this evening's debate and I'd like to focus my contributions on part one of the bill which builds on the reforms of business rates which were undertaken in the last Parliament and extend business rates retention from 154% to 100%.
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And also the candidates who will become hopefully the next city region mayor, about how all this is going to work because, at the moment, the complete lack of clarity leaves people bewildered. I'm sure he would agree we don't want the position of local governments to be in. So I hope we can have more dialogue on this. I'm not opposed to the principle but we do need more detail, we need more clarity and more dialogue, and I hope we will get that.
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I won't say anything much further but it seems the two tests I set at the beginning, about whether we will get resources to the community 's most in need, they still haven't been met because we don't know enough the mayor of Liverpool.
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But when he does come in, there's so much uncertainty about how the powers and resources available will be able to be used, particularly in terms of the infrastructure resources that it's actually almost impossible to see what measures will be available, what resources are available to carry out some pretty critical infrastructure changes.
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This is now so severely hampering our ability to plan effectively for the pilot schemeimplementation in 2017. Even the testing that's taking place, the people expected to do it don't even know what the terms of the testing is going to be and frankly that is something, a matter of my honourable friend, the member for Liverpool Walton's campaign to be the first-ever elected city region and he made a very good fist of explaining how he wanted to use it.