Bedford and Kempston MP, Mohammad Yasin has taken took up a seat on the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee.
He was elected as one of the 11 Members from across the Commons last month and on Tuesday last week (4 June) he joined his first meeting as part of the committee.
The three hour session looked at local government finance and the 2019 spending review, listening to public health experts, think tanks & public local government representatives.
This included hearing from Lord Porter, the Chair of the Local Government Association, who slammed the Government’s “bloody mindedness” on Government funding.
When talking about local authorities spending their reserves to fund statutory duties, Lord Porter said, “I’m not sure anybody who wants to get elected to Parliament wants… to explain why people died because of fiscal policy.”
Mr Yasin then quizzed the panel on council tax reform and after the session said: “I am proud to be a member of the HCLG select Committee.
“As a former Councillor of 13 years, discussing the impact of central government cuts and the impact it’s had on council services and communities, is an issue very close to my heart. I was able to ask if the Council Tax system was fit for purpose.
“Select Committees are a very important vehicle for scrutiny and accountability in Parliament and they have the powers to summon expert witnesses and Government Ministers and produce evidenced based, influential reports on the most pressing local government issues.
“Just this week the committee launched an inquiry into the long-term delivery of social and affordable housing.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into the local issues which really affect the people of Bedford and be in a position to raise the issues at the highest levels of Government.”