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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Consultation on proposals to exempt categories of dwellings from the council tax premiums in England

The Local Government Association (LGA) is here to support, promote and improve local government. We will fight local government's corner and support councils through challenging times by making the case for greater devolution, helping councils tackle their challenges and assisting them to deliver better value for money services.

Best Value statutory guidance consultation

Councils and the LGA are committed to continuous improvement. We welcome anything which will add value to that work, and government should be clear and realistic in its expectations of local government. A transparent, consistent, timely and proportionate approach must be taken in the small number of cases where a council is at risk of not meeting its Best Value duty.

Local Government Association response: Gambling Related Harm APPG White Paper Inquiry Launch

The LGA welcomes the Gambling Related Harm APPG’s inquiry on the Gambling Act Review White Paper. However, we wanted to share some broader reflections on the white paper which we hope will be of assistance to the inquiry.

LGA submission to the APPG for Youth Employment inquiry into place-based approaches to youth employment

Local government as democratically elected leaders of place, also play a key role in stimulating local economies and want to ensure that employers have a supply of skilled workforce to meet the current and future business demands in local areas.

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Westminster Hall Debate: Credit unions and the cost of living, 18 July 2023

The current UK financial sector is not well suited for many low-income households. The case for supporting people to access affordable and responsible finance from organisations like credit unions and Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) is clear.

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Westminster Hall Debate, Cost of living and the private rented sector, 18 July 2023

Private rents have reached record highs, with private rents rising an average of five per cent in the 12 months up to May 2023 and more than 25 percent since the start of the pandemic. Rising housing costs are a significant factor in driving financial hardship and homelessness.

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Social Housing (Regulation) Bill, Consideration of Lords amendments, House of Commons, 17 July 2023

Councils are determined that all tenants should have the security of a safe and well-maintained home, with any issues quickly and satisfactorily addressed.

LGA submission to Government’s consultation on developing local partnerships for onshore wind in England

Councils want to work as partners with central government on climate action. Councils are well-placed to do this as place-shapers, convenors of communities and partners, delivery agents, commissioners, and owners of assets. Net zero can only be achieved with decarbonisation happening in every place across the country and this will require local leadership.

Illegal Migration Bill, consideration of Lords amendments, House of Commons, 12 July 2023

Local government would welcome discussions with Government on potential impacts on councils of the Illegal Migration Bill. Consideration of Lords amendments will take place in the House of Commons from 12 July 2023. 

Illegal Migration Bill, Third Reading, House of Lords, 10 July 2023

Local government would welcome discussions with Government on potential impacts on councils of the Illegal Migration Bill. The Third Reading of the Bill will take place in the House of Lords on 10 July 2023. 

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