Briefings and responses

On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament. The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

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Domestic Abuse Bill, Committee stage, House of Commons, 9 June 2020

Alongside the Bill’s focus on crisis interventions and criminal justice, tackling domestic abuse requires a cross-government response incorporating health, housing and education.

Changes to the planning system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, June 2020

A local, plan-led system continues to be vital in ensuring that councils and the communities they represent have a say over the way places develop. This includes the delivery of homes, where locally required, and the supporting infrastructure needed to create sustainable, resilient places. This will be even more critical as we move towards recovery after COVID-19.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sustainability of the pre-school sector, House of Lords, 8 June 2020

More than 69,000 early years providers have temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many settings citing financial difficulties as a key reason. Among those that have remained open, many are operating at a loss.

The economic lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures necessary to repair the UK economy, House of Lords, Thursday 4 June 2020

Councils are working tirelessly to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable in our communities. They have ensured that our most important public services keep running successfully.  

HM Treasury Public Works Loans Board, future lending terms, response to the consultation from Local Government Association May 2020

The consultation paper was issued before strict measures were implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the financial environment for local government has changed so profoundly that we cannot overlook the issue. 

Supporting museums, galleries and historic buildings open to the public, affected by COVID-19 restrictions - House of Lords, 21 May 2020

For the sector to survive, the emergency financial support packages currently available must not end on a ‘cliff edge’ and longer-term financial support packages suitable for this sector must be considered for the end of 2020 and running into 2021.

Debate on food supply and security in the UK in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Lords, 14 May 2020

Councils are working hard supporting people with a range of vulnerabilities to continue to access food throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This includes assisting with the delivery of doorstep food deliveries, and to people outside the shielded group who are unable to access food or have issues affording it.

Plans to support people who were previously homeless into permanent housing after the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Lords, 14 May 2020

Councils have welcomed the £3.2 million worth of additional funding to support rough sleepers, as well as the £3.2 billion to help councils through this period. However, they need a commitment that the extraordinary costs incurred by all services to date – as well as the costs from delivering “business as usual” services with reduced income flows – will be met. Without this, the sustainability of council services, including homeless services, will be jeopardised in the short and medium-term.

General debate: COVID-19, House of Commons, 11 May 2020

The crisis has shown how vital councils are in leading the response to a national emergency. National government has rightly recognised this work and it is vital that councils continue to get further support from the Treasury and adequate funding to ensure their financial position remains viable.

LGA submission to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: First Homes, 01 May 2020

Councils want to play a lead role in developing a locally responsive mix of tenures, which includes homes for sale, as well as social homes and other affordable homes for those who are not ready or do not want to buy.

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