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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Debate on plastics recycling, House of Commons - 23 April 2019

Councils have been successful in establishing recycling infrastructure and services. 99 per cent of local authorities currently collect plastic bottles, and over half (52 per cent) provide drop off points for plastics.

Permitted Development and shale gas exploration - House of Commons, debate 28 March 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has recently consulted on proposals to introduce a permitted development right for shale gas exploration.i Shale gas exploration takes place in order to identify suitable sites for hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), and can have a number of impacts on local communities.

LGA responds to Consultation: Protecting and enhancing England's trees and woodlands, February 2019

Giving councils a sustainable financial settlement is the long term solution to protecting and enhancing trees in public spaces, and this must be addressed in the forthcoming Spending Review.  

Resources and Waste Strategy summary, 20 December 2018

This briefing provides a summary of the Strategy, with a specific focus on those elements which are most likely to directly impact upon local government. The key concepts within the strategy are subject to consultation which is likely to take place from January 2019 onwards.

LGA briefing: Debate on the threat to the environment by plastic and the case for improved recycling, House of Lords - 19 December 2018

The LGA has long called for businesses and manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging.

LGA response to consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood

Local authorities share the Government’s commitment to improving air quality and support the phasing out the most polluting products used for domestic burning given their contribution to emissions.   

LGA response to Future of Mobility call for evidence, 10 September 2018

Over the past year our members have placed increased importance on the future of mobility and therefore it is a policy area where the LGA has become more active.

Debate on plastic bottles and coffee cups, House of Commons, 26 April 2018

Waste and recycling are among the most valued services any council provides. They are used by all council taxpayers and represent the third biggest spend item in a council’s budget. A doubling of spend by councils to £3.28 billion has seen recycling rates improve 400 per cent in the last decade.

Debate on reducing fly-tipping, House of Commons, 17 April 2018

Fly-tipping is an environmental and public health hazard. It blights our streets and green spaces, and often rewards criminal activity. Local authorities want to work with the Government to strengthen deterrents to fly-tipping and ensure those who illegally dump waste are punished.

LGA response to Defra consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector

The LGA responded to consultation from government on new powers for councils to issue fixed penalty notices to householders for failing to meet their duties in disposing of waste. This could provide a useful alternative to prosecution for “duty of care” offences.

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