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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Fire Safety Bill: Second Reading, House of Commons, 29 April 2020

To ensure the legislation is successful in protecting lives, national government must ensure that local government is reimbursed for any additional costs arising out of the operational changes mandated by this Bill.

Domestic Abuse Bill: Second Reading, House of Commons, 28 April 2020

It is important to acknowledge that the coronavirus outbreak is a particularly worrying time for victims of domestic abuse. In particular, the social-distancing measures required could have a serious effect on domestic abuse victims and increase exposure to those perpetrating the crime.

Short-term and long-term impact of the Government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision and delivery of social and domiciliary care

We welcome the updated PPE guidance from Public Health England around social care settings, the first one focusing on care homes was issued last week. We now urgently need to see the updated guidance on domiciliary care. 

Coronavirus Bill

Download the LGA's briefing on the Coronavirus BIll.

Opposition Day Debate: Local government responsibilities for public services, including social care, House of Commons, 18 March 2020

Protecting and supporting communities, including the most vulnerable, remains councils’ top priority. Council staff are working 24 hours a day to help delay the virus, minimise the spread of infection and keep people safe and well. Council colleagues are doing an amazing job in hugely challenging circumstances and we pay the highest tribute to their commitment and dedication.

Budget 2020 – LGA On the Day Briefing

Our on-the-day briefing highlights the main announcements and their impact on local government.

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill, House of Commons, Second Reading, 13 March 2020

School uniforms can help children feel part of a community and instil a sense of pride in their school. School uniforms can also be practical and prevent bullying related harms where children are singled out for what they are wearing.

Investing in and embracing a Green Economy, House of Lords, 12 March 2020

The LGA is committed to supporting local government to continue on this journey, and our climate change hub brings together an overview of our sector-led improvement offer of support to help councils continue to provide strong local leadership on this important issue.

PSAA's consultation on the audit fee scale for 2020/21

Read the Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) consultation on 2021 audit fee scale. Read the LGA response

LGA response to Government consultation on strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments, 4 March 2020

Although strengthened police powers offer the potential to help tackle unauthorised encampments, in isolation they are unlikely to solve the problems caused by them, since tackling unauthorised encampments requires a multi-agency response and the resources to support this.

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