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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Environment Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 26 February 2020

We have some concerns about the implementation of certain provisions within the Bill, and the new burdens that will be imposed on councils as a result. A key example is the expected increased burden on planning departments. Local government will need to acquire new skills and be given the appropriate resources, to deliver on the ambitious plans in the Bill. 

Debate the Effectiveness of the apprenticeship levy - House of Commons, 11 February 2020

The LGA’s apprenticeships support programme provides a range of practical support and advice for local authorities and their maintained schools on developing and enhancing their apprenticeship programme.

Motion relating to Local Government Finance Report 2020/21

The Local Government Finance Settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government from central government. The provisional Settlement for 2020/21 was published on 20 December 2019.

UK-EU revised agreement of 17 October 2019 on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union

Since the referendum, the LGA has taken a neutral position on the UK’s membership of the EU. Our work has helped to ensure that the Government was addressing the risks and opportunities for councils and their communities as the UK leaves the EU. We established a seat at the negotiating table for local government through the MHCLG Delivery Board. This briefing sets out details of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the key issues known for councils so far.

LGA briefing: Children's mental health week - House of Commons, 6 February 2020

Good mental health is essential for a healthy and prosperous society. Unfortunately, it is easier to focus on what happens when a person becomes mentally ill, and how the health service intervenes, rather than how to keep our communities mentally well in the first place. Improving and maintaining good mental health for communities is a key priority for councils.

Debate on technological and lifestyle efforts to address climate change and meet the 2050 net zero carbon emissions target - House of Lords, 06 February 2020

Technological and lifestyle efforts have an important role to play in addressing climate change and meeting the net zero target, but responsibility cannot rest with individuals alone. Compelling, appropriate and affordable sustainable alternatives must be available to the general public to enable them to make sustainable choices.

Debate on the NHS’s performance in relation to its priority area targets; and the impact of adult social care pressures on patients of the National Health Service, and their safety, House of Lords, 6 February 2020

We are pleased that in the recent Spending Round, the Government has responded to our calls and provided desperately needed new money, including £1 billion for social care (children’s and adults), as well as confirming the continuation of existing grants. However, these one-off, piecemeal injections of funding hamper councils’ ability to plan for anything beyond a short-term horizon. Social care needs to be given long term funding certainty in the same way as the NHS, and we look forward to seeing the Government’s plans for long-term adult social care reform.

LGA submission to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: The Future Homes Standard (February 2020)

The LGA supports local authorities in their ambition to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions across housing and all their business in the shift towards achieving net zero carbon.

Westminster Hall Debate: Net zero targets and decarbonising transport, House of Commons, Tuesday 4 February 2020

We are calling for the devolution of the bus service operator grant and for all councils to be given the ability to franchise local services.

Opposition Day Debate, Homelessness, House of Commons, 29 January 2020

In the previous two years of the Housing Advisers Programme, we have funded over 100 councils to help councils build homes, reduce homelessness, plan for population ageing, understand the student housing market and increase supply of modular housing.

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