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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Westminster Hall Debate, The Healthy Start Scheme, 22 May 2024

Healthy Start is an NHS scheme that provides additional cash support to the lowest-income families with children under 4 years old, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, to buy milk, fruits, vegetables, pulses, and vitamins. Money is provided to families on a pre-paid card that can only be spent on authorised items.

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LGA response to Defra consultation on litter enforcement guidance

Working in partnership with local government on shared goals could be as effective as statutory guidance on litter enforcement, and would allow for local flexibility. Litter is not just a local authority problem, and the LGA would like to see the organisations that produce and sell packaged items take responsibility for litter.

Renters’ Reform Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 15 May 2024

We have argued for the Bill to go further in supporting tenants’ rights and providing stronger regulatory and enforcement powers, and for government to ensure sufficient funding councils to enforce these measures and fully realise our shared ambition for a fairer, more secure, and higher quality PRS.

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Contribution of sport to society and economy with particular reference to impact on young people’s health and wellbeing and to community sport, 16 May

Sport and leisure play a positive role in promoting the health and well-being of people and their communities, with local councils continuing to work hard to provide these services despite financial constraints.

Criminal Justice Bill, Report Stage, House of Commons

The LGA supports the Government’s amendments to introduce a mandatory duty on certain professionals to report child sexual abuse (CSA) as part of a holistic approach to improving the response to CSA. While it is a positive step forward, the duty must not be considered a silver bullet nor introduced in isolation. It must be supported by wider national action to ensure all professionals are trained to identify abuse, support victims to disclose abuse and ensure they receive the best possible support when they do.

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LGA submission to Department for Transport’s on restricting the generation of surplus funds from traffic contraventions

The LGA fully agrees that local enforcement of traffic regulations is vital to ensure that our roads are safe for all users and that people can move without undue interference.

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LGA submission to DLUHC’s consultation on an accelerated planning system

The Department for Housing, Levelling Up and Communities held a consultation from 6 March to 1 May 2024 on the proposed introduction of an accelerated planning service, changes to the use of extension of time agreements, expanding the written appeals process, and introducing section 73B applications to vary planning permissions.

Debate on the costs associated with illegal immigration, House of Commons, 7 May 2024

Councils want to work with government on developing and funding a better system for accommodating and supporting asylum seekers.

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LGA response to Defra private consultation on exemptions and statutory guidance for simpler recycling in England

We are pleased that the Government has listened to the LGA and councils and decided not to significantly reduce the flexibilities in how councils collect waste from people’s homes.

LGA response to Defra’s consultation on additional policies related to Simpler Recycling in England

It is good to see that Defra’s recognises the need for urgency after a long period of delay, but decisions made without proper consideration of the evidence may have unforeseen consequences for councils.

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