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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EU Settled Status Pilots Briefing

The LGA has been part of a wide steering group on Settled Status, ensuring that the voice of local government is heard by the Home Office, offering advice around consultation with local government, and ensuring that all tiers and areas of local government are represented.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill RS and 3rd Reading, 26 October 2018

We support the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill. Councils want their residents to live in homes that are decent, safe and secure, and councils’ housing teams work hard to ensure homes are fit for purpose.

Debate on building more affordable housing - briefing, House of Lords, 25 October 2018

The housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. Councils have a key role in delivering more affordable housing and helping to build 300,000 homes a year. The last time this country built more than 250,000 homes a year, councils delivered more than 40 per cent of them

House of Commons Debate: School Funding, 24 October 2018

"Over recent years councils have created an extra 800,000 new school places. This is a demonstrable record that shows they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place."

LGA Response: BEIS consultation on inclusion of shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime

The LGA does not support the proposal to include major shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. This will bypass the locally democratic planning system.

LGA response to the MHCLG consultation on Permitted development for shale gas exploration

The LGA does not support the proposal for a permitted development right for shale gas exploration. This will bypass the locally democratic planning system.

LGA response to Cabinet Office consultation: Protecting the Debate: Intimidation, Influence and Information

"The LGA supports the proposed new electoral law and any additional efforts to tackle the intimidation of local political candidates."

LGA briefing - Opposition Day Debate: Social Care Funding, House of Commons, 17 October 2018

Adult social care is a crucial service in its own right that transform peoples’ quality of life. However, years of significant underfunding coupled with rising demand and costs for care and support, have combined to push adult social care services to breaking point.

Debate on housing and home ownership, Westminster Hall, House of Commons, 16 October 2018

It is fantastic that the Government has accepted our long-standing call to scrap the housing borrowing cap. This demonstrates the Government’s willingness to make councils central to solving the national housing crisis. We would welcome clarity on when this will be implemented, and urge that this should be as soon as possible.

Opposition day debate on Universal Credit House of Commons, 17 October 2018

We want the continued implementation of Universal Credit to be a success. Equally crucially we want the reformed welfare system as a whole to be a success, not just for Government, but for councils and, most importantly, for the people using it.


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