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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Hospitals (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill, House of Commons, Second Reading, 11 September 2020

Business rates account for around a quarter of all council spending power. Money raised is used to pay for vital local services, such as caring for older and disabled people, protecting children, fixing potholes and collecting bins.

Support for the tourism industry after the COVID-19 lockdown, House of Commons, 10 September 2020

The visitor economy sector has taken one of the biggest financial hits due to COVID-19. Gaps in support packages alongside the absence of the seasonal boost the industry usually sees over the summer means the impact of the pandemic will be felt in the weeks and months to come, with many at risk of closure.

National Audit Office, Auditor Guidance Note 03 (AGN 03) Auditors’ Work on Value for Money (VFM) Arrangements – consultation response September 2020

It would be helpful if the Auditor Guidance Note could comment on whether the new arrangements are expected to result in significant additional resources being required.

LGA response: Decarbonisation of transport - DfT call for ideas

LGA response to the Department of Transport (DfT) call for ideas on decarbonisation of transport.

Business and Planning Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 20 July 2020

The Business and Planning Bill is a positive step in the journey towards economic recovery, supporting the reopening of hospitality businesses as well as setting out measures to boost construction.

Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill House of Commons, Second Reading, 16 July 2020

The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill seeks to provide 100 per cent business rates relief for standalone public lavatories in England and Wales. This includes publicly and privately owned, free to use and charging for entry lavatories.

Business and Planning Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, 13 July 2020

Councils want to work with the Government to develop post COVID-19 recovery options. The economic, social and environmental recovery our communities need will look different in different areas of the country and only a locally coordinated response will be effective.

LGA submission to DfT’s Future of transport regulatory review, 3 July 2020

The LGA has responded to the Government’s regulatory review on the future of transport technology. We have responded to the questions that cover the overall policy and regulatory framework for councils.

Spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, House of Commons - 9 July 2020

Councils have shown leadership and supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local authorities and their essential workforce have worked hard to protect the most vulnerable within their communities, they have supported businesses and convened the voluntary sector to bring together communities, as well as continuing to deliver key services.

Estimates Day, Department for Education - House of Commons, 7 July 2020

Councils are concerned about additional vulnerabilities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes more families living in poverty; mental health issues amongst both children and parents; increasing domestic abuse; and increasing substance misuse issues.

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