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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Spending Review 2020: On-the-Day Briefing

The 2020 Spending Review outlines the Government’s spending plans for 2021/22 by setting budgets for each central government department.

Adequacy of funding for local authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak, House of Commons, 24 November 2020

Taking into account the grant support received so far, and assuming that the income guarantee scheme parameters will compensate councils for around £1 billion of lost non-tax income, the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimate there is still an unfunded overall pressure of £1.1 billion in 2020/21 that councils will be forced to absorb unless further funding is announced. 

Business Rates Review: call for evidence - Tranche Two response, October 2020

Local government needs a system that raises sufficient resources for local priorities in a way that is fair for residents and gives local politicians all the tools they need to be the leaders of their communities. For councils, it is also important that the tax system, including business rates, provides as much certainty as possible.

Local Authorities (Borrowing and Investment) Bill, House of Commons, 23 October 2020

The LGA has significant concerns with the Local Authorities (Borrowing and Investment) Bill which seeks to restrict the acquisition of land and property by councils outside their own boundaries. The Bill also seeks to limit local authorities’ investment in “commercial risk-taking enterprises” and limit council borrowing for non-core activities.

Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No.2) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 30 September 2020

We welcome closer working between the VOA and local authorities. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals. The VOA and councils must receive additional funding to implement these changes.

Business Rates Review: call for evidence: Tranche One response, September 2020

On the high streets, footfall is down over 43 per cent compared to the same period last year. Before the pandemic, footfall had dropped over 10 per cent in the last 7 years. Internet sales had risen 21 per cent of all retail sales from 7 per cent a decade earlier and during the pandemic had jumped to nearly 33 per cent of all retail sales.

Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020

The timing of these regulations presents a major issue both for councils and for employees.

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.

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.

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.

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