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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Online sales tax: Assessing an option to help rebalance taxation of the retail sector

The LGA supports the introduction of an online sales tax, particularly as it would help to spread the range of the taxbase for business taxes. However; this should not be at the expense of business rates income.

Queen's Speech (May 2022): LGA briefing

The key announcements of relevance to local government in the 2022 Queen's Speech, the LGA’s initial view of the proposals and the implications for councils.

Review of the Vagrancy Act: Government consultation on effective replacement 5 May 2022

As the consultation notes, rough sleeping and begging can often be conflated, and the overlap between them is complex.

General debate on Ukraine, House of Commons, 26 April 2022

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, councils have been working closely with the Government to ensure support for new arrivals from Ukraine is put in place quickly and at scale, and families are kept safe.

Debate on Gambling Harm, House of Lords, 27 April 2022

Gambling related harm continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of those directly affected, their families and wider communities. Councils are committed to continuing to prevent gambling-related harm in their communities and helping those affected to get the support they need recover and rebuild their lives.

Progress towards the Government’s smokefree ambition, House of Commons, 26 April 2022

Certainty over long-term funding is needed to meet the 2030 ambition. Local authorities’ public health grant has been cut by 24 per cent on a real-terms per capita basis since 2015/16 (equivalent to a reduction of £1 billion). This has had an adverse effect on councils’ ability to invest in services and functions that prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities and support a sustainable health and social care system. This includes smoking cessation and tobacco control.

Briefing on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Prospectus

This briefing summarises the Government's UKSPF guidance and some of the key issues councils and combined authorities will need to consider while developing their investment plans, and an LGA view on some key issues.

Online Safety Bill, Second Reading , House of Commons, 19 April 2022

The Local Government Association (LGA) supports the overall aims of the Online Safety Bill (OSB), which makes provisions for the regulation by Ofcom of certain internet services.

Tackling drug crime in local communities, House of Commons, 20 April 2022

The LGA continues to work with the Home Office to tackle serious and serious organised crime. In particular, the harrowing exploitation of children and young people by county lines drugs gangs is a significant and increasing concern for councils, and they are working hard with Government and local partners to protect those at risk of abuse.

LGA Response to Defra consultation on reforming the Carrier, Broker, Dealer regime

Defra’s approach to the reforms must be robust enough to discourage the criminals, but avoid placing excessive requirements on local authorities, charities and the not-for-profit sector and responsible private waste businesses.

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