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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Offensive Weapons Bill: Knife Crime Prevention Orders - 6 February 2019

Knife crime has a devastating impact on victims, their families and communities. The recent rise in such crimes committed by young people is of enormous concern.

Armed Forces Covenant, House of Commons debate, 6 February 2019

Despite the new money, councils still face an overall funding gap of almost £8 billion by 2025 just to maintain services at current levels. It is becoming increasingly challenging to maintain the current level of support for the Armed Forces Community.

LGA response to the MHCLG consultation ‘Reforming developer contributions: technical consultation on draft regulations’

"We consider that there is an urgent need to consolidate the CIL regulations into a single updated version to reflect the numerous changes made since its introduction."

Data Protection (Charges and Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, House of Commons, 4 February 2019

We do remain concerned by the increase in the charges councils are having to pay to the ICO as data controllers. This comes at a time when local government is under significant financial pressure and councils are receiving no additional government funding to help implement GDPR.

Motion relating to the Local Government Finance Report 2019/20, House of Commons debate, 5 February 2019

Councils are central to building communities that are inclusive, cohesive and promote people’s life chances.

LGA Briefing: Sustainability of maintained nursery schools, House of Commons, 31 January 2019

We are calling on the Government to extend the supplementary funding for MNS into 2020/21 to provide certainty to providers while a sustainable solution is found as part of the Spending Review.

The long-term commitment to increased provision of social housing to help to reduce housing costs, homelessness and housing benefit expenditure

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 new homes a year.

Joint response from ADCS, ADASS and the LGA to the Government consultation: Preventing and tackling forced marriage

We agree the safeguarding response to this crime could be strengthened to improve protection for people who are at risk and unable to protect themselves, ensure perpetrators are brought to justice and help to prevent forced marriage from occurring in the first place.

LGA Briefing: Fire safety and cladding, House of Commons, 23 January 2019

We welcome the steps that have been taken to date to address dangerous cladding and other fire safety issues, including the ban on combustible cladding. However, the Government needs to act with urgency to deliver protections for residents in dangerous buildings as quickly as possible.

Debate on the ability of local authorities to deliver essential services, House of Lords, 24 January 2019

Councils are uniquely placed to build communities that are inclusive, cohesive and promote people’s life chances. They do this by tailoring more than 800 local services to the needs of their residents, to meet local and national challenges.

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