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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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PQs: Skills for the economy and quality of life

Councils and combined authorities have an important and wide-reaching role in the skills system and their local economy. They are committed to working in partnership with their local employer base and further education sector to create a Post-16 education offer that works for businesses and gives every young person the chance to gain world class skills.

Kinship Care Strategy

The LGA welcomes investment in training and support for all kinship carers, and hope that the lessons learnt from piloting Family Network Support Packages will be swiftly shared. It will be important for the national kinship strategy to also recognise the role of partners in supporting kinship arrangements.

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Local Government (Pay Accountability) Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons, 22 May 2024

The Local Government (Pay Accountability) Bill purports to “ensure transparency and accountability on council salaries” by requiring Full Council to meet and approve by resolution the salary for any roles advertised or appointed at or over £100,000 a year (a figure that is not indexed in any way). This is unnecessary and unhelpful and we urge the Government to withdraw support for this Bill.

LGA submission to the Housing Ombudsman’s consultation on Good Practice

The Housing Ombudsman ran a consultation on the development of Good Practice from 26 March to 21 May 2024. The publishing of Good Practice aims to help organisations learn from the mistakes of others, and improve their services accordingly by conducting self-assessments.

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Westminster Hall Debate, The Healthy Start Scheme, 22 May 2024

Healthy Start is an NHS scheme that provides additional cash support to the lowest-income families with children under 4 years old, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, to buy milk, fruits, vegetables, pulses, and vitamins. Money is provided to families on a pre-paid card that can only be spent on authorised items.

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LGA response to Defra consultation on litter enforcement guidance

Working in partnership with local government on shared goals could be as effective as statutory guidance on litter enforcement, and would allow for local flexibility. Litter is not just a local authority problem, and the LGA would like to see the organisations that produce and sell packaged items take responsibility for litter.

Renters’ Reform Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 15 May 2024

We have argued for the Bill to go further in supporting tenants’ rights and providing stronger regulatory and enforcement powers, and for government to ensure sufficient funding councils to enforce these measures and fully realise our shared ambition for a fairer, more secure, and higher quality PRS.

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Contribution of sport to society and economy with particular reference to impact on young people’s health and wellbeing and to community sport, 16 May

Sport and leisure play a positive role in promoting the health and well-being of people and their communities, with local councils continuing to work hard to provide these services despite financial constraints.

Criminal Justice Bill, Report Stage, House of Commons

The LGA supports the Government’s amendments to introduce a mandatory duty on certain professionals to report child sexual abuse (CSA) as part of a holistic approach to improving the response to CSA. While it is a positive step forward, the duty must not be considered a silver bullet nor introduced in isolation. It must be supported by wider national action to ensure all professionals are trained to identify abuse, support victims to disclose abuse and ensure they receive the best possible support when they do.

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LGA submission to Department for Transport’s on restricting the generation of surplus funds from traffic contraventions

The LGA fully agrees that local enforcement of traffic regulations is vital to ensure that our roads are safe for all users and that people can move without undue interference.

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