Building Safety Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 2 February 2022
Delivery of the new building safety regime is dependent on council building control and the fire service. The funding to achieve the necessary increase in skills and capacity has not yet been agreed and we are concerned that it may be inadequate. The LGA asks that new funding is administered to councils and fire services to deliver this new work.
“Using their local leadership, knowledge of the local labour market and ability to bring partners together, councils are uniquely placed to deliver a coherent, local joined-up offer to help people get back into work and training, backed up by the right funding.”
LGA responds to latest quarterly homelessness statistics
“The end to the eviction ban brought in to protect tenants during the pandemic has undoubtedly contributed to this rise in households threatened with homelessness from the private sector, and councils are eager to work with government on a plan to safeguard tenants."
Pennine Lancashire Consortium of local authorities: Year 3 Q1 update
Pennine Lancashire Consortium of Local Authorities plan to test planning powers to restrict food retailers that do not offer healthier options and test a range of levers to incentivise existing retailers to improve their offer, whilst supporting elected members and community grassroots movements.
LGA response to DfE consultation: New Further Education Funding and Accountability System
This LGA response to the Government consultation considers the views of local authorities – councils and combined authorities – as place shapers and leaders, adult learning providers and commissioners.
LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on children and young people’s mental health
“Early intervention and prevention services play a crucial role in helping children to avoid reaching crisis point in the first place and we support this report’s calls for early access open support. "
LGA responds to new COVID-19 restrictions announcement
“Councils continue to do all they can to keep their communities safe, while encouraging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. These extra measures are a reminder that COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat, especially with the new Omicron variant and rising case numbers.