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: Potential Future Free Trade Agreements - House of Commons, 21 February 2019

The Government’s White Paper on the future UK trade policy references the importance of involving local government in the development of this policy, which we welcomed. Local leaders are eager to share their experiences and to support the Government in developing and agreeing new trade deals.

LGA responds to Consultation: Protecting and enhancing England's trees and woodlands, February 2019

Giving councils a sustainable financial settlement is the long term solution to protecting and enhancing trees in public spaces, and this must be addressed in the forthcoming Spending Review.  

Debate on transport for towns, House of Commons, 19 February 2019

The Government has made the future of transport and mobility a ‘grand challenge’ in its Industrial Strategy. Councils have an important role to play in this.

The impact of funding reductions on fire services, House of Commons, 20 February 2019

"In order to respond comprehensively to emergency situations, fire and rescue services need to be funded and resourced to respond to risk, not demand."

Data Protection (Charges and Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, House of Lords, 18 February 2019

We welcome the decision to provide an exemption for elected representatives. We do however remain concerned by the increase in the charges councils are having to pay to the ICO as data controllers.

Costs and benefits of free childcare, House of Commons, 19 February 2019

As providers seek to offer children spaces within the current funding constraints, there is a risk to provision for disadvantaged two-year-old children and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), for whom provision is more expensive.

Serious Violence, House of Commons, 18 February 2019

We need to help pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at any earlier point, to ensure they are fully supported in school and not left vulnerable to criminal exploitation. This includes significant and sustainable funding to manage the rising demand in support from pupils with SEND.

House of Commons Debate: Special educational needs and disabilities funding, 12 February 2019

The average annual cost to a council of a special needs placement in 2017/18, was £6,000 per pupil per year in a mainstream school, compared with £23,000 per pupil per year in a maintained special school, and £40,000 per pupil per year in an independent or non-maintained special school.

Support for young carers, House of Commons, 12 February 2019

The ability of councils to provide the support needed to all carers, is undermined by the funding to councils and the impact on social care budgets, coupled with increasing demands and increasing costs. We are calling on the Government to use the upcoming Spending Review to fund the £3.1 billion shortfall facing children’s services by 2024/25.

Debate on rough sleeping, House of Commons, 7 February 2019

Homelessness is a tragedy for all those it affects and is one of the most visible signs of the nation’s housing crisis.

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