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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Tenant Fees Bill - Second Reading, House of Commons - 21 May 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill will abolish most upfront fees for tenants in England and cap security deposits at the equivalent of six weeks’ rent.

House of Commons debate on overview and scrutiny committees - 17 May 2018

Any effective scrutiny model must hold decision-makers to account and add value to processes and practice, as well as delivering financial savings and service improvements that positively impact on the communities they represent. Local authorities need freedom and flexibility to develop overview and scrutiny arrangements that best reflect local circumstances and priorities.

Opposition Day Debate on Brexit, House of Commons - 16 May 2018

The White Paper Legislating for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU states that leaving the EU is an opportunity to ensure returning “power sits closer to the people of the UK than ever before”. It includes a commitment to continue to champion devolution to local government.

LGA response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life consultation - Review of local government ethical standards

The LGA supports the locally led approach to standards and conduct introduced by the Localism Act 2011. Reversing the locally-led approach to standards and conduct would be a backward step. We believe that any future changes to the current framework should be at the discretion of local authorities to introduce and shape in a way that is suitable for their areas.

LGA response to the MHCLG consultation on the draft revised text of the National Planning Policy Framework

There are a number of changes to the draft revised NPPF and accompanying draft national planning practice guidance that are welcome and well-intentioned. However through discussions with councils, including at our consultation events, it has become clear that there are a number of key concerns shared by the sector.

LGA briefing: debate on concessionary bus passes, House of Commons, 8 May 2018

Local buses provide 4.7 billion passenger trips a year in England, which is around three times as many trips made by rail. Bus services are key to providing people with access to work, education and leisure time.

Children’s services funding, May 2018

This briefing sets out the LGA’s key messages on the subject and our analysis of council revenue account budgets.

Debate on the Government’s skills strategy, House of Commons, 8 May 2018

Research commissioned by the LGA reveals that the skills gap is worsening. By 2024 there will be more than four million too few high-skilled people to take up available jobs, two million too many with intermediate skills and more than six million too many low-skilled.

Debate on plastic bottles and coffee cups, House of Commons, 26 April 2018

Waste and recycling are among the most valued services any council provides. They are used by all council taxpayers and represent the third biggest spend item in a council’s budget. A doubling of spend by councils to £3.28 billion has seen recycling rates improve 400 per cent in the last decade.

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