GILES QUESTIONS MINISTER ON SUPPORT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has questioned the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak MP, on the support the Government is offering to local government. You can read the exchange below, and watch it here.

Giles Watling

"What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s support for local government."

Rishi Sunak

"Over the spending review period, councils have received more than £200 billion for local services, and the 2018-19 settlement sees an increase in resources to local government over the next two years, increasing to £45.6 billion in 2019-20."

Giles Watling

"I thank my hon. Friend for that answer, but can he set out how his Department will support local councils to regenerate valuable coastal communities such as Clacton, which is positively Caribbean at the moment?"

Rishi Sunak

"I am pleased to say that the Government have spent £174 million through a fund to support local communities over the past few years. I pay tribute to the great progress made by the Jaywick Sands coastal community team in my hon. Friend’s constituency in bringing forward its proposal for a new coastal village. He has been intimately involved with that proposal, which is a model for others to follow."