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Tim Farron's Recent Appearances in Parliament

Tim Farron speaking on unaccompanied refugees (Liberal Democrat Newswire)Content supplied and updated by theyworkforyou.com

  • Jun 23, 2022:
    • Refugees: Afghanistan | Home Office | Written Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2022 to Question 13085 on Refugees: Afghanistan, how many of the 12,000 individuals accommodated in hotels from the Operation Pitting evacuation have been moved to permanent accommodation as of 17 June 2022.

    • Cancer: Diagnosis | Department of Health and Social Care | Written Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion cancer patients diagnosed by secondary care in Quarter 4 of 2021-22 had been seen and not diagnosed by another secondary care practitioner within the previous six months.

  • Jun 21, 2022:
    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q I think Tim might want to come in.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has removed the requirement to be an active farmer to claim funding from the Basic Payment Scheme.

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Yes. I have one totally separate question-hopefully it will be of interest to all of you. The Government state that having an elected Mayor is essential to providing strong leadership. Do you agree? Are there exceptions?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Thanks. James?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Hello to all three of you; it is really nice to see you. Thank you very much for your time. My question is on housing and planning, so it is probably for Sam, but with a little bit of James, and we would be perfectly interested to hear what Tim has to say as well.

      If we take it as a given that, particularly in the rural communities that many district councils serve, there is a collapse of the private rented sector into the Airbnb sector and a massive growth in second home ownership at the expense of permanent occupied dwellings, do you think that this Bill gives you any additional powers that help you to push back against that? What additional powers would you like?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Thank you. I have a quick one for Rich and/or Sacha about planning. How much do you think the campaign to increase communities' power over their destiny depends on the level of planning control and the kinds of powers communities have?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q On using this Bill to provide rights to access, or giving local communities the powers of definition and delivery, so that GP practices are protected in rural communities or cancer treatment is brought closer to where people live, what provisions could be put into the Bill to make sure those things are delivered?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Thank you to all the panellists; it is brilliant to see you here. My first question is to Dr Patel. Rural communities face inequality in accessing health services, given the geographical distances that people need to travel to receive healthcare. Thinking about cancer treatment, A&E and GP access, what evidence can you call on to indicate whether those large geographical distances have an impact on health outcomes?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Looking close to home in my neck of the woods, we have just gone through a local government reorganisation and we have two unitary authorities. Cumbria's six districts are being abolished. The county council will be abolished and there will be two new authorities from next April: Westmoreland and Furness, and Cumberland. In both cases, those councils are now run by majority by parties that opposed the notion of a Mayor. Do you think it would be respecting the will of the people of those two parts of Cumbria to impose on them a Mayor, or to tell them that they could not have a devolution deal if they did not accept a Mayor?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      First, it is great to see you all here. I am not sure who to put the first question to. The levelling-up Bill has provisions for communities that go through devolution settlements and local government reorganisation to have a Mayor, but for that to be called something else and for the title to be amended. Do you think that that is sufficient in terms of respecting the desires of a local community? Is it possible for a community that has not yet got a devolution settlement to construct their own governance arrangements without having a Mayor or anything like it, yet still be able to access the full devolution deal that the Government might offerQ43 ? I will pick Laura.

    • Examination of Witness | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Thank you.

    • Examination of Witness | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Are there any metrics at all on what impact that is having on regional growth?

    • Examination of Witness | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q What might the Government do in the levelling-up Bill to help that situation? You talked in particular about the impact on rural communities-what might make it more affordable or attractive for people of all ages in the working-age population either to move to or to remain in rural communities?

    • Examination of Witness | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Hi, Professor; good to see you with us. You mentioned earlier the situation regarding a tight labour market. Thinking about rural communities in Scotland and England in particular and elsewhere in the UK, to what extent you think an absence or a lack of workforce is hampering those economies. In the Lake district, 63% of hospitality businesses last year reported that they were working below capacity, because of the lack of workforce. To what extent do you think that workforce problems-or lack of workforce-are hampering economic growth in certain areas? What is the cause? Does the Bill do anything to solve those problems?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q A quick follow-up: which powers relating to housing stock would you like in the Bill so that you can ensure sufficient affordable and available homes for people in every part of your region?

    • Examination of Witnesses | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Thank you, Tracy; it is nice to see you again. Your region is significantly diverse, with both rural and urban areas. Like every other part of the UK, you will have seen a worsening housing crisis in the last couple of years, particularly in the private rented sector, which appears to be evaporating into short-term lets, especially in your rural communities. What powers does the Bill give you to ensure the availability of affordable for the people you represent?

    • Examination of Witness | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      Q Thank you. I represent a rural community in Cumbria. The problems there are specific. As a member of the advisory board, do you think there is room for different rules to apply in different parts of the United Kingdom, so that certain local authorities might have different powers from others to, for example, control the number of holiday lets and second homes, so that there is a decent number of affordable and available properties for a permanent population?

    • Examination of Witness | Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill | Public Bill Committees

      ProfessorQ Leyser, thank you for being with us. The Bill states its commitment to widening opportunity and tackling disparities between regions. Obviously, economic disparities and opportunity disparities exist within regions and communities. The biggest driver of that must be access to housing that people can afford. In the last two years, there has been a 50% drop in the number of long-term lets available and an 11% rise in rents, which are clearly linked. If we are to tackle disparities, surely we will want to tackle the lack of affordable housing for so many people. What in the Bill enables that to happen, through either the missions or the powers that local authorities might be given to tackle that disparity?