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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
9 June 2006

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF KISLINGBURY, ROTHERSTHORPE AND HARPOLE AND OTHERS

6th June 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Kislingbury, Rothersthorpe and Harpole and others,

Declares that the Environment Agency has no authority to base flood risk advice for the CVLR and development on the Easter 1998 floodplain, given it is a lower assessment than the 1947 floodplain consideration and subsequent assessments in 1978 and 1999.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee to investigate why the Environment Agency has changed its advice without the authority to do so.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF CANVEY ISLAND AND OTHERS

7th June 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the residents of Canvey Island and others,

Declares that that the Petitioners oppose the proposed development of ten flats and 14 parking spaces at 243-245 Eastern esplanade Canvey Island, on the grounds that it would cause extra traffic, noise and loss of privacy and would be detrimental to local residents' enjoyment of their homes.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to refer the matter to Castle Point Borough Council and urge the Council to reject the application.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM STAFF MEMBERS OF DANBY HOUSE, EXMOUTH

7th June 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Jayne Stuart, Sheila Marsden, Trish Dye and Sue Bamsey, staff members of Danby House, Mudbank Lane, Exmouth, Devon, and of service users and stakeholders,

Declares that the petitioners oppose Devon County Council's proposal to cease delivering specialist residential services to people with physical disabilities in Exmouth, Devon.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to work with Devon County Council to ensure the continuance of current services on the existing Danby House site in conjunction with newly developed respite/holiday accommodation for people with physical disabilities.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [16th May] from the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax.

    Accepts that above inflation increases in Council Tax do cause hardship to those on fixed incomes for whom council tax absorbs significant amounts of disposable income, but supports responsible control of Local Authority Expenditure and reasonable Council Tax increases. Notes that Council Tax levels are decided by Local Authorities. The Government reserves the right to cap excessive increases.

    Notes that proposed revaluation of domestic properties in England has been postponed. Also notes that the Government has set up an Independent Inquiry, led by Sir Michael Lyons, to consider the detailed case for changes to the present system of funding local government, in the context of its wider role and functions, and to make recommendations on any changes that are necessary and how to implement them. As part of his inquiry, Sir Michael is looking at how best to reform council tax to make it fairer and more sustainable. Sir Michael is due to report by the end of this year.

    Sir Michael is aware of the sort of concerns that the IsItFair campaign and many others have expressed about how the current council tax system affects those on low and fixed incomes and the Government looks forward to receiving his recommendations.

    Requests that proposals for a workable fair local tax be forwarded and rejects the idea that local tax should be levied irrespective of wealth, including home ownership and supports a fair benefit system which takes into account both income and wealth.

5th June 2006



 
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