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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Westminster Hall debate, Provision of broadband for rural communities, 13 December 2023

Councils want to go further to tackle regional inequalities in broadband infrastructure and accelerate the roll out in hard-to-reach communities. Local authority digital champions act as a central point of contact, helping to extend gigabit-capable broadband across the country as quickly as possible. We are therefore calling on Government to fully fund a digital champion in every local authority.

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Westminster Hall debate, Withdrawal of copper wire telecommunications networks, 13 December 2023

Upgrading, replacing and reconnecting these telecare devices, just one element of the PSTN switchover, to the digital network will be extremely costly. GLA Economics estimates the upgrade costs to be £31 million for London boroughs and impacting over 63,000 users.

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Online Safety Bill, Consideration of Lords Amendments, House of Commons - 12 September 2023

The regulation proposed in this Bill is aimed at ensuring platforms have systems and processes in place to deal with illegal and harmful content and their associated risk, particularly to children and young people.

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Westminster Hall Debate: Access to broadband services, 6 September 2023

Central government should work in partnership with local government to co-design future digital inclusion policy to ensure communities are not at risk of being left behind, building on the recommendations from the LGA’s recent digital exclusion report.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 11 July 2023

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill acts upon long running asks from councils and the LGA for further devolution in England. We are pleased that the Government has proposed to speed up the process and make good on its commitment to offer all of England the opportunity to benefit from a devolution deal by 2030. It is also important that councils of all sizes are engaged in the devolution process.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Committee Stage House of Lords March 2023

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill acts upon long running asks from councils and the LGA for further devolution in England.

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LGA Briefing: Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons - June 2022

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill acts upon long running asks from councils and the LGA for further devolution in England.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Second Reading, House of Commons, 8 June 2022

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill aims to drive local growth, empower local leaders to regenerate their areas, and ensure everyone can share in the United Kingdom’s success.

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Briefing on the UKSPF prospectus

This briefing summarises the Government's UKSPF guidance and some of the key issues councils and combined authorities will need to consider while developing their investment plans, and an LGA view on some key issues.

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UK Shared Prosperity Fund: pre-launch guidance

This briefing summarised the guidance and some of the key issues councils and combined authorities will need to consider in advance of further details about the UKSPF being released.

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