MP takes up concerns over Council Finance Settlement

MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald, has raised concerns over the council finance settlement in a House of Commons Debate. Changes are being implemented to give Councils less in grants and allowing them to keep more of the money they raise in business rates, but Sir Oliver questioned the transitional arrangements being put in place.

Making Tax Digital

Here is a link to Sir Oliver's latest blog post on the Treasury's 'Making Tax Digital' programme.

Sir Oliver Heald pushes for stronger neighbourhood rights in planning matters

MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald and MPs Nick Herbert, Sir Nicholas Soames, and Dr Liam Fox tabled amendments calling for Neighbourhood Plans to be given stronger force, in a debate in the House of Commons on the Housing and Planning Bill. The amendments would have allowed a neighbourhood right of appeal where a planning permission was granted in breach of the neighbourhood plan.