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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LGA briefing: Debate on local government funding, House of Commons, Tuesday 15 January 2019

Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p in every £1 of central government funding. This has created an unsustainable gap in council funding that is having a significant impact on the services which local authorities deliver in their communities.

The 2019/20 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement - response

The Local Government Association is here to support, promote and improve local government. We will fight local government's corner and support councils through challenging times by making the case for greater devolution, helping councils tackle their challenges and assisting them to deliver better value for money services.

LGA response: MHCLG consultation on ‘Planning Reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes’ (December 2018)

Councils are approving 9 in 10 planning application and in almost 70 per cent of planning appeal cases the Planning Inspectorate uphold councils’ decisions.

LGA briefing: debate on apprenticeships and skills policy, House of Commons, 8 January 2019

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.

General Debate on Children's Social Care in England - House of Commons, 17 January 2019

Children should be supported to get the best, not just to get by. It is however increasingly challenging to turn this ambition into a reality when the financial pressures are forcing an increasing number of councils to make difficult decisions about the allocation of limited resources.

Briefing: independent review of build out – final report

A summary of the main recommendations of relevance to local government and the LGA's initial response.

Resources and Waste Strategy summary, 20 December 2018

This briefing provides a summary of the Strategy, with a specific focus on those elements which are most likely to directly impact upon local government. The key concepts within the strategy are subject to consultation which is likely to take place from January 2019 onwards.

LGA briefing: Debate on the threat to the environment by plastic and the case for improved recycling, House of Lords - 19 December 2018

The LGA has long called for businesses and manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, Second reading, House of Commons, 18 December 2018

The Bill provides a vital opportunity for long-awaited reform. It is important that this opportunity is not missed and that the Bill is passed as the current situation is not sustainable for councils and our communities.

Response to the consultation on 2019/20 scale of audit

The LGA welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation on the level of audit fees. The consultation proposes that the 2019/20 scale audit fees and indicative certification fees are set at the same level as the scale fees applicable for 2018/19.

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