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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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.

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2019/20 – On the Day Briefing

The local government finance settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government from central government. This briefing covers the consultation on the local government finance settlement for 2019/20.

LGA Briefing, Challenges facing young people, House of Lords, 13 December 2018

Local government has a central role to play in tackling a number of issues facing young people, and supporting them to live the lives they want to lead.

LGA Briefing: Democratic accountability and devolution in England, House of Lords, 13 December 2018

As the UK exits the European Union (EU), national and local government should consider how communities in England can take greater control over the public service and investment decisions that affect their lives.

A public health model to reduce youth violence, House of Commons, 13 December 2018

"We know that addressing violence is not a single agency issue. Local partners have to develop and deliver a strategic, coordinated approach to tackle youth violence in their local areas."

Technical consultation on updates to national planning policy and guidance - response

The LGA has acknowledged that there are merits in introducing an element of standardisation in supporting to councils assess housing need.

Tenant Fees Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 11 December 2018

"Allowing councils to keep money from fines is helpful, but may not address the cost of the proactive work necessary to ensure letting agents are complying with the ban."

Future of free schools and academies in England, House of Commons, 5 December 2018

We remain concerned that the introduction of the National Funding Formula, combined with changes to High Needs Funding, will exacerbate existing shortfalls in funding to support children and young people with SEND.

Mental health and wellbeing in schools, House of Commons, 4 December 2018

"Increased investment in children and young people’s mental health services is urgently needed. In particular, the Government must ensure all of the promised £1.7 billion for children’s mental health is spent on children’s mental health services, and not diverted elsewhere."

Update on payment for sleep-in shifts in social care: November 2018

The purpose of this briefing is to update councils on latest developments regarding payment of overnight sleep-in shifts in adult social care. Although this briefing focuses on adults, the issue is also relevant to children’s services.

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