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Official correspondence

Here’s a list of official correspondence sent and received in the last 12 months for Vale of White Horse District Council:

13 January 2022: The finance team submitted a response to the provisional Local Government Finance settlement for 2022/23. Cllr Smith also sent a cover letter to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities expressing disappointment at the proposals.

24 December 2021: Cllr Smith sent letters regarding the importance of retrofitting in achieving net zero ambitions to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, COP26 President, and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

24 December 2021: Cllr Smith sent letters regarding the Climate and Ecology Bill to Oxfordshire MPs; Robert Courts, Anneliese Dodds, Victoria Prentis, Layla Moran, John Howell and David Johnston.

24 December 2021: Cllr Smith sent letters in opposition to the proposed Abingdon reservoir to Thames Water’s CEO and the interim CEO of Ofwat.

20 December 2021: Letter received from Minister Eddie Hughes on Protect and Vaccinate.

16 December 2021: Cllr Smith received the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2022/23.

14 December 2021: Letter received from Kemi Badenoch MP in response to Cllr Smith’s letter on setting council tax levels.

23 November 2021: Response from Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to Cllr Smith’s letter on setting council tax levels.

15 November 2021: Letter received from Kemi Badenoch MP in response to Cllr Smith’s letter on virtual meetings.

5 November 2021: Letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities from Leader of the Council Emily Smith about council tax levels..

28 October 2021: Letter to all councils from Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities about the local government spending review settlement.

28 October 2021: Letter to Emily Smith from Neil O’Brien, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Levelling Up, the Union and Constitution, about the councils Levelling Up Fund outcome.

25 October 2021: Letter to Cllr Hanna, Chair of Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny committee regarding the impact of Covid-19 on care homes.

14 October 2021: Letter received from David Rutley MP in response to Council Leader Emily Smith’s letter to the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions on 11 October 2021.

11 October 2021: Letter sent from Council Leader Emily Smith to Layla Moran MP regarding the removal of the Universal Credit uplift.

11 October 2021: Letter sent from Council Leader Emily Smith to the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions regarding the removal of the Universal Credit uplift.

11 October 2021: Letter sent from Council Leader Emily Smith to David Johnston MP regarding the removal of the Universal Credit uplift.

11 October 2021: Letter sent from Council Leader Emily Smith to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the removal of the Universal Credit uplift.

8 October 2021: Letter received from Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Housing and Rough Sleeping, regarding rough sleepers in our area.

13 September 2021: Letter received from Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the resettlement and relocation of Afghan families.

31 August 2021: Letter received from Matthew Barber Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley regarding a review of community safety partnership funding.

27 August 2021: Letter received from Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport in response to Emily Smith’s letter of 20 August on reopening Grove Station.

23 August 2021: Letter from Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, regarding safety in higher risk buildings.

20 August 2021: Letter from council leader Emily Smith to Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, regarding reopening Grove Station.

20 August 2021: Letter from Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP to all councils regarding the Afghan Locally Employed Staff relocation scheme.

17 August 2021: Letter from Emily Smith, Leader of the Council, to the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government about virtual meetings.

16 August 2021: Letter from Highways England to the council about a road study they are undertaking in relation to the Oxford – Cambridge Arc.

16 August 2021: Letter from Council Leader Emily Smith to David Johnston OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Wantage, opposing proposed planning reforms.

16 August 2021: Letter from Council Leader Emily Smith to Layla Moran MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, opposing proposed planning reforms.

16 August 2021: Letter from Council Leader Emily Smith to The Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP, opposing proposed planning reforms.

11 August 2021: Letter from Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to Council leaders about managing quarantine of international students from red-list countries.

26 July 2021: Emily Smith received correspondence from Luke Hall and Justin Tomlinson regarding accessible and inclusive play areas.

15 July 2021: A letter from Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to Council leaders and Chief Executives about County Deals.

17 June 2021: The council Democratic Services team submitted a response to the government’s Local authority remote meetings: call for evidence’ consultation.

3 June 2021: Letter to Cllr Emily Smith from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Defence to seek support in the accelerated relocation of locally employ staff who have been supporting the UK in Afghanistan. The letter was accompanied by a factsheet for Local Authorities.

29 April 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP, Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government, to all local authorities regarding the High Court judgment on local authority virtual meetings.

15 April 2021: Letter from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP to Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council about reopening outdoor hospitality safely.

8 April 2021: Letter from Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to Council leaders and Chief Executives on the announcement of the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) UK Welcome Package.

7 April 2021: Simon Hewings the Head of Finance at Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District councils submitted consultations to MHCLG (New Homes Bonus scheme) and CIPFA (Treasury Management Code and Prudential Code).

26 March 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP, Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government to all councils regarding local authority meetings.

25 March 2021: Letter from Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive, Oxfordshire County Council, in response to Cllr Emily Smith’s letter on 9 March regarding the Twenty is Plenty Campaign.

25 March 2021: Letter from Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive, Oxfordshire County Council, in response to Cllr Emily Smith’s letter on 9 March about the issue of maintenance to prevent flooding.

23 March 2021: Letter from Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to all councils regarding support for high streets.

19 March 2021: Letter to Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith from Chris Philp MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Immigration Compliance and Justice, regarding refugee resettlement

19 March 2021: Letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith about extending provisions to enable council meetings to be held remotely

19 March 2021Letter to David Johnston MP, Member of Parliament for Wantage from Andrew Down, Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Partnerships at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils about withdrawal of the three-year land supply flexibility

19 March 2021: Letter to Layla Moran MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, from Andrew Down, Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Partnerships at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils about withdrawal of the three-year land supply flexibility

19 March 2021: Letter to John Howell OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Henley, from Andrew Down, Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Partnerships at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils about withdrawal of the three-year land supply flexibility

18 March 2021: Letter from Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads, Buses and Places to Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith with an update on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

11 March 2021: Letter from Chloe Smith MP, Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution, to Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith in response to her letter on 11 January about the May 2021 elections.

9 March 2021: Letter to Rt Hon Steve Barclay Chief Secretary to the Treasury from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith, about funding for flooding defences.

9 March 2021: Letter to Rt Hon George Eustice, Secretary of State for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
, from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith, about funding for flooding defences.

9 March 2021: Letter to Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council, from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith, about the issue of maintenance to prevent flooding.

9 March 2021: Letter to Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council, from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith, about the county’s ‘twenty is plenty’ traffic campaign.

26 February 2021: Letter from Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State for Countering Extremism to Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith regarding the launch of the Protect Duty consultation.

18 February 2021: Letter from MHCLG to Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith with an update on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

15 February 2021: Letter from Thames Water in response to our Council Leader’s letter dated 20 January regarding controlled sewerage overflows.

2 February 2021: Letter from MHCLG to all council leaders regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

29 January 2021: Letter from Luke Hall MP in response to the joint letter to Robert Jenrick MP, dated 2 November, about supporting local authorities during the pandemic.

27 January 2021: Letter to council leaders from Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads Buses and Places, regarding statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards.

20 January 2021: Letter to Thames Water from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith regarding controlled sewerage overflows into the River Thames.

19 January 2021: Letter from MHCLG to all Local Authority Leaders regarding continuing progress to get up to date Local Plans in place.

15 January 2021: Letter to the government from the council in response to their Covid-19 funding and local government consultation.

11 January 2021: Letter to MHCLG from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith to ask if the May 2021 elections will go ahead.

7 January 2021: Letter to Baroness Vere for Norbiton from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith in response to a letter received, dated 4 January 2021.

4 January 2021: Letter to Baroness Vere of Norbiton from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith in response to a letter received, dated 11 December.

31 December 2020: Letter from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP regarding rapid testing.

30 December 2020: Letter from Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing to all council leaders regarding support for people sleeping rough and the new Covid-19 variant.

18 December 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding the provisional local government finance scheme and Covid-19 financial allocations.

17 December 2020: Letter from Rt Hon Christopher Pincher to all local authority leaders regarding the 2021/22 New Homes Bonus provisional allocations.

16 December 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick to thank everyone working in local government for their continued service to their local community.

15 December 2020: Letter to the MHCLG from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith in response to their letter about the Self and Custom Building and the ‘Right to Build’ day.

8 December 2020: Letter from Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council Leaders regarding their letter written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in November.

7 December 2020: Letter from Kelly Tolhurst MP to all owners and managers of caravan sites and copying in all council leaders to explain caravan park closures this winter.

2 December 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding extended retail opening hours for Christmas.

20 November 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding new local authority enforcement powers.

27 November 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding local government spending.

6 November 2020: Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from Leaders of Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils to express their dismay that national lockdown was announced without sufficient support for businesses.

5 November 2020: Letter from Kelly Tolhurst MP to all council leaders regarding the additional surge support for rough sleepers.

3 November 2020: Joint letter to Robert Jenrick MP from Council Leaders to request more funding to help secure additional financial help for communities and businesses they support. On 29 January Robert Jenrick MP sent a response to the letter.

3 November 2020: Letter to Robert Jenrick MP from the Council as part of consultation response to object to the proposed reforms to the current planning system.

30 October 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders providing details about the ‘Right to Build’ day.

8 October 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding enforcement funding for local authorities.

4 September 2020: Letter to Chief Executive of Homes England from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith to express support for the capacity funding for the delivery of homes and jobs in Dalton Barracks Garden Village and Didcot Garden Town.

6 August 2020: Letter to Cllr Arash Fatemian from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith to Chair of the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny regarding the impact of Covid-19 pandemic in care homes.

6 August 2020: Letter to Cllr Yvonne Constance OBE, Cabinet Member Cabinet Member for Environment at Oxfordshire County Council, from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith regarding the promotion of active travel.

27 July 2020: Letter to Cllr Ian Hudspeth at Oxfordshire County Council from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith regarding Grove Railway Station.

23 July 2020: Letter from Robert Jenrick MP to all council leaders regarding Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Visa.

22 July 2020: Letter to Cllr Ian Hudspeth at Oxfordshire County Council from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith to express the Cabinet’s support for the development of active travel and traffic restrictions across the county.

2 July 2020: Letter from Simon Clarke MP to all council leaders to provide information on the support package for local authorities – Covid-19 and beyond.

28 June 2020: Letter from Simon Clarke MP and Rebecca Pow MP regarding public access to tips and toilets.

26 June 2020: Letter to Cllr Ian Hudspeth at Oxfordshire County Council from Cllr David Grant, Chair of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee, on the noted national statistics of cutting transport carbon emissions across the UK.

18 June 2020: Letter to Cllr Ian Hudspeth at Oxfordshire County Council from Council Leader, Cllr Emily Smith on behalf of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee, to offer the council’s support for the work to promote active travel.