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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LGA response to consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats

We have followed the consultation in referring to sprinklers. However guidance and standards need to allow for the development of other automatic fire suppression system technologies.

Statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services: A call for evidence

Below is the LGA's response to the Statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services.

LGA Submission – Proposed reforms to permitted development rights to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage, November 2019

Instead of pushing for more permitted development, Government must continue to work with local government and the mobile industry to share best practice and guidance to help the streamlined deployment of mobile infrastructure within the current planning regime to allow communities to engage in the development of their local areas.

LGA response to the technical consultation on the 2020/21 local government finance settlement, 31 October 2019

We note that the consultation states that the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement will be published in December 2019. We would urge the Government to publish the provisional settlement as soon as possible after 12 December and no later than Parliament rising for the Christmas recess.

Environmental Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 28 October 2019

The LGA has long called for retailers and manufacturers to pay for recycling and disposing of packaging in household waste. We welcome the commitment in the Bill to do this but it does not provide enough details for councils to assess the financial and service impacts of the reforms.

General Debate on spending on children's services, House of Commons, 31 October 2019

Children should be supported to get the best, not just left to get by. Councils can be empowered to support them if the local authority role goes beyond the provision of statutory child protection services alone.

LGA briefing: Building out extant planning permissions, House of Commons, 30 October 2019

Councils approve nine in ten planning applications and last year worked with developers to permission over 350,000 homes, an 11-year high.

Environment Bill Second Reading, House of Commons, 23 October 2019

The measures in the Bill seek to establish a new system of green governance and accountability; drive a shift in maximising resource efficiency; enable greater local action on air pollution; secure long-term, resilient water and wastewater services; create or restore wildlife habitats; and give the Secretary of State the power to amend legislation regulating the use of chemicals.

Debate on neighbourhood services provided by district councils and other local authorities, House of Lords, 24 October 2019

District councils are at the heart of delivering on many of the key issues that matter to communities. This includes services such as housing, planning, waste and recycling services, as well as leisure centres, museums and parks.

The reduction in the number of health visitors in England, House of Commons, 23 October 2019

The LGA has offered to work with the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS and Health Education England to get the right number of training places commissioned and to deliver policies to ensure health visiting remains an attractive and valued career.

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