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Briefings and responses

On behalf of its membership, the cross-party LGA regularly submits to Government consultations, briefs parliamentarians and responds to a wide range of parliamentary inquiries. Our recent responses to government consultations and parliamentary briefings can be found here.

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LGA response: Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom – short term England-only measures to aid the recovery of local authority reporting and audit

It has been clear for a long time that local audit is in crisis. The causes are multi-faceted and complex. We have been pressing the Government to set a firm timetable by which timely audits will be restored.

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LGA submission to DLUHC’s consultation on reforms to social housing allocations

The Department for Housing, Levelling Up and Communities held a consultation from 30 January to 26 March 2024 on proposed changes to the social housing allocation system, and proposals relating to existing tenants living in social housing.

Local government finances and the impact on local communities

In October 2023, before the Government announced an additional £600 million in funding for the sector, the LGA estimated that councils in England faced a funding gap of £4 billion. Councils’ financial pressures and needs must be seen in the context of the huge contribution that councils already make and of their potential to do more to support the delivery of public services.

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Liaison Committee: Work of the Prime Minister

The Liaison Committee brings together the chairs of all House of Commons Select Committees to scrutinise the work of the Prime Minister. This LGA briefing provides an overview of the key issues affecting councils across the economy and public services.

Question on steps being taken to protect regional arts organisations and facilities funded by local authorities

The situation facing councils on cultural investment is a significant challenge, given that half of councils are facing reductions.

Westminster Hall Debate, Reform of the Planning System, 13 March 2024

Working in partnership with Government, local government can help deliver much needed high-quality housing to achieve the Government’s goal of 300,000 new homes per year.

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Westminster Hall Debate, Social Housing Occupancy Levels, 12 March 2024

We are calling on Government to do more to rapidly build more genuinely affordable homes to help families struggling to meet housing costs, provide homes to rent, reduce homelessness and tackle the housing waiting lists many councils have.

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High Streets (Designation, Review and Improvement Plan) Bill, House of Commons, Committee Stage

The Bill requires councils to produce improvement plans for some of their high streets at the same time as the tools available to them to make improvements continue to be blunted because of the continued erosion of planning controls.

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LGA response to the consultation on Awaab’s Law (with support from the District Councils Network)

The Local Government Association welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation on Awaab’s Law. We support the principle that everyone deserves a safe, decent, warm, and affordable place to live and that health hazards should be investigated and fixed in a timely manner.

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