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, Provision of broadband for rural communities, 13 December 2023

Councils want to go further to tackle regional inequalities in broadband infrastructure and accelerate the roll out in hard-to-reach communities. Local authority digital champions act as a central point of contact, helping to extend gigabit-capable broadband across the country as quickly as possible. We are therefore calling on Government to fully fund a digital champion in every local authority.

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Westminster Hall debate, Withdrawal of copper wire telecommunications networks, 13 December 2023

Upgrading, replacing and reconnecting these telecare devices, just one element of the PSTN switchover, to the digital network will be extremely costly. GLA Economics estimates the upgrade costs to be £31 million for London boroughs and impacting over 63,000 users.

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LGA response : National Fraud Initiative – consultation on adult social care data matching

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data sharing exercise has been supported by local authorities for several decades now. It has an important place in counter fraud activities, as well as work to recover and reduce error and debt.

Legislating to create a smokefree generation: LGA consultation response

The LGA's response to the Government's open consultation on creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping.

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Debate on mental health support for children and young people, House of Lords, 23 November 2023

Research commissioned by the LGA found that whilst there have been a raft of successive policies and strategies to improve mental health outcomes for children, there has been a missed opportunity to significantly ease pressure on the system by increasing the availability of preventative and early intervention support. Early intervention has been highlighted as a central aspect in many of these policies, however, this focus has not translated through to action with the system leaning towards prioritising specialist and complex treatments rather than early intervention and prevention.

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Autumn Statement 2023: On-the-day briefing

Our Autumn Statement 2023 On-the-day briefing summarises the key announcements for councils and provides an initial LGA view.

Pedicabs (London) Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 22 November 2023

The LGA welcomes this Bill, which will regulate pedicabs and improve the safety of passengers. We understand that a similar Bill has previously had the support of many councils in London.

Renters’ Reform Bill, Committee Stage amendments, House of Commons, 17 November 2023

This briefing provides the LGA view on relevant amendments tabled for the Committee Stage amendments on the Renters' Reform Bill, heard on 17 November 2023.

Oflog consultation on new draft metrics

We welcome the opportunity to work alongside Oflog to achieve the two principal aims set out in the accompanying letter. However, one overarching, general observation would be that it is difficult to see how this new draft set of metrics supports these two aims.

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