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Live Reporting

Sophie Morris and Robbie Hawkins

All times stated are UK

  1. Labour: Will there be rough sleepers on streets this winter?

    Housing, Communities and Local Government questions

    House of Commons


    Shadow housing minister Melanie Onn says the Budget put forward a huge amount of money for the Help to Buy scheme, but almost nothing to solve homelessness.

    She criticises the "measly" £15,000 for each council, "scraped together" to ease winter pressure. She asks whether the country will see rough sleepers on the streets this winter.

    Minister Heather Wheeler says she doesn't have a crystal ball, but there is money committed to tackling homelessness already, with the latest announcement providing an additional £5m more.

    The government and the money provided to tackle homelessness are working as hard as they can, she says.

  2. MPs question chancellor on Budget

    Treasury Committee

    Select Committee


    Phillip Hammond

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond appears in front of the Treasury Select Committee this afternoon, as part of the committee's scrutiny of the 2018 Budget.

    Last week's Budget statement included more money for Universal Credit and planned income tax cuts bought forward by a year, with the chancellor echoing the prime minister suggesting that "the era of austerity is finally coming to an end".

    A 'delay' to a crackdown on maximum stakes for fixed-odds betting machines was also announced, which saw Sports and Civil Society minister Tracey Crouch resign in protest, and could be a prickly issue for the chancellor. Committee chair Nicky Morgan questioned the decision this weekend.

    It's the finale to the committee's inquiry, which has seen MPs already question Office for Budget Responsibility, economists and tax experts.

    You can read more about the Treasury Committee and its work here.

  3. Question on steady work for ex-offenders

    Oral Questions

    House of Lords


    Lib Dem’s Lord Lee of Trafford is asking the government, what plans it has to provide greater training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders.

    Figures released by the government this year, showed that only 17% of ex-offenders are employed in steady work.

    In May 2018 the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, announced the education and employment strategy for prisoners.

    The aim of the strategy is to boost prisoners' prospects of finding sustained employment after they leave custody.

    The strategy includes proposals to increase the use of release of prisoners on temporary licenses, so they can enter work placements. It is hoped these work placements would allow prisoners to build trusts with future employers.

  4. Lord Scriven questions ministers on Sheffield City Region Deal

    Oral Questions

    House of Lords


    Questions to ministers begins in the Lords, and Lib Dem Lord Scriven is asking the government a question on the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal.

    The deal is an agreement between the UK government and the leaders of the Sheffield City region to devolve a range of powers and responsibilities.

    The devolved powers would be given to the Sheffield City Region combined authority and the directly elected mayor.

    Under the agreement the region would be given control of transport, strategic planning and skills.The region would also receive £900m funding over 30 years.

    Former Chancellor George Osbourne agreed the deal in 2015, and outlined plans to devolve powers which included housing, skills and transport

    The Sheffield authority's first electoral mayoral election took place in May 2018 - and Labour’s Dan Jarvis was elected Major of the Sheffield City Region.

  5. 'Government taking issue of high leasehold charges seriously'

    Housing Questions

    House of Commons


    James Brokenshire

    Labour MP Liz McInnes asks the first question of the day on the steps the government has taken to protect existing leaseholders from high leasehold charges.

    Housing Secretary James Brokenshire begins by paying his respects to the family of Sir Jeremy Heywood who died this weekend.

    James Brokenshire says; "There is a need for industry to provide greater support to existing lease holders.

    "Many people have frankly been mis-sold and therefore this is a serious issue and practices must be monitored."

    Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley says: "There are many examples of bad practices and the government must do more on this."

    Mr Brokenshire says that "the government are taking these issues seriously, and transparency from here on in is very important".

    Labour MP Hilary Benn says leaseholders in tower blocks must not be forced to pay "£28,000 for cladding to be added to their buildings".

    The housing secretary says: "We are putting pressure on the industry not to pass these costs on."

  6. Today in the Commons

    House of Commons


    Our coverage of the Commons begins at 2.30pm this afternoon with questions to the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government ministers.

    After this, the Speaker has granted an urgent question to Labour MP and Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, Yvette Cooper, on EU citizens rights in the event of a no deal.

    Last week the committee quizzed Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes on whether employers will have to check the immigration status of EU migrants if there is a no-deal Brexit.

    Following this, there will be two ministerial statements.

    Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey will deliver hers on Universal Credit, followed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock who will share his health prevention vision which is a plan to help people live longer.

    MPs will then debate Dame Laura Cox's Report on the Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons Staff.

    Dame Cox's scathing report last month found lewd, aggressive and intimidating behaviour by MPs and senior staff had been "tolerated and concealed" for years.

    Another general debate on road safety will follow this.

  7. Good afternoon

    Welcome to our coverage of what's going to be a shorter than usual week in Westminster, with just two days of debate and questions. The Commons and Lords have a mini-recess from Wednesday.

    Find out more about what's happening this week at our parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy's blog.