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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Procurement Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 28 November 2022

Our primary concern is that the Bill will significantly limit public bodies from using the current vertical and horizontal procurement exemptions, which enable councils and public sector bodies to enter into collaborative arrangements to run efficient public services.

Debate on the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

Councils want to do all they can to keep children and young people safe and to help them to thrive.

Briefing note for councils and leisure providers – mitigating the impact of rising utility costs on leisure services

This briefing note on the impact of utilities on leisure services has been jointly produced by ukactive and the Local Government Association for councils and for operators running council-owned facilities.

Debate on the value of social care at the heart of local communities, House of Commons, 24 November 2022

The LGA has long highlighted that adult social care exists to enable adults of all ages and with a range of conditions to live their best life and an equal life.

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Remaining Stages, House of Commons, 23 and 28 November 2022

We are deeply concerned that the proposed risk-mitigation measures in clause 71 of the Bill potentially give the Secretary of State significant powers to intervene in a local authority. There is a danger that the formula-based approach outlined in the Bill could impact more widely than intended.

Autumn Statement 2022: LGA briefing

Our Autumn Statement 2022 briefing summarises the key announcements for councils and provides an initial LGA view.

Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 18 November 2022

The LGA wants to see a locally-led fully funded oversight and enforcement regime for exempt accommodation within a strengthened national regulatory framework. This should include a requirement for all exempt accommodation providers to be Registered Providers. This will ensure that councils’ responses can be tailored to the challenges they face and the contexts of local housing markets and demand.

General debate on Ukraine, House of Commons, 14 November 2022

Councils have a proud history of welcoming new arrivals so that they can build new lives in the UK and they are already helping to support new arrivals from Ukraine and their sponsors.

Debate on e-petition 615623 relating to staff-child ratios in early years childcare, 14 November 2022

The LGA has long highlighted that funding for early entitlements is insufficient, which is resulting in a recruitment and retainment crisis in the sector, impacting the quality of childcare provision and the availability of good support for children, particularly those with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

Office of Government Property: RAAC Safety Briefing Notice

This letter details what RAAC is, its dangers, and the immediate actions that councils can take.

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