Briefings and responses

On behalf of its membership, the cross-party LGA regularly submits to Government consultations, briefs parliamentarians and responds to a wide range of parliamentary inquiries. Our recent responses to government consultations and parliamentary briefings can be found here.

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Schools White Paper, 28 March 2022

On 28 March the Government published the ‘Opportunity for all Strong schools with great teachers for your child’ White Paper.

House of Commons Debate Future funding of urban transport, 31 March 2022

We recommend that the Government is more ambitious on funding for the rest of the country not covered by Mayoral Combined authorities. Long-term pipelines of funding, and a focus on high level outcomes, for example ‘half of journeys by active and public transport by 2030’ would allow local areas to develop in house capacity to plan and deliver projects. Government is moving in the right direction but must ensure all parts of the country benefit.

Health and Care Bill, Consideration of Lords amendments, House of Commons, 30 March 2022

The LGA broadly supports the Bill’s focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the population through greater integration between NHS organisations and between the NHS and local government.

Building Safety Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 29 March 2022

The LGA has a set of core asks around the Building Safety Bill. These are addressed in order of priority.

LGA submission to the Office for Environmental Protections draft strategy and draft enforcement policy consultation

Councils want to work as partners with the OEP to defend environmental law and are well-placed to do this as place-shapers, convenors of communities and partners, delivery agents, commissioners, and owners of assets.

The Local Government (Disqualification) Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, 21 March 2022

The LGA supports the objective of the Local Government (Disqualification) Bill to ensure the highest standards of integrity and conduct in public life. We agree that it is right that individuals convicted of sexual offences outlined in the Bill should be disqualified from running for public office or retaining their seat if already elected.

Down Syndrome Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 18 March 2022

The LGA supports the aims of the Down Syndrome Bill, which would create a new duty on the Secretary of State to issue guidance to relevant authorities (health, education and local authorities in respect of social care and housing) on how to meet the specific needs of people with Down syndrome; and for relevant authorities to have due regard to the guidance in providing services.

School transport guidance note

This short guidance note aims to provide a brief overview of the role of responsible councils with regards to home to school contracts and licensing authorities with regards to safeguarding in taxi/ private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing and suggests some recommended actions.

Debate on International Women’s Day, House of Commons, 10 March 2022

It is vital that local government reflects the communities it represents. However, despite women winning the right to stand in elections over 100 years ago, only 35 per cent of councillors are women.

LGA response to the DfEs consultation on School Attendance – Improving Consistency of Support, 28 February 2022

The LGA shares the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) belief that good attendance at school plays a vital role in children’s development and for their well-being.

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