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 to consultation on developing the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS)

The first principle of the waste hierarchy is to prevent waste in the first place, and this is where action on net zero must focus.

LGA submission to Ofgem’s call for input on future of local energy institutions and governance

Councils want to work as partners with central government, and Ofgem, to tackle climate change with a focus on transitioning to net zero.

LGA response to Defra Consultation on biodiversity net gain regulations and implementation

We support the principle of biodiversity net gain and the broader ambitions of the 25 Year Environment Plan to be the first generation to leave our natural environment in a better state than we found it.

LGA submission to the Office for Environmental Protections draft strategy and draft enforcement policy consultation

Councils want to work as partners with the OEP to defend environmental law and are well-placed to do this as place-shapers, convenors of communities and partners, delivery agents, commissioners, and owners of assets.

LGA submission to Government's consultation on Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in non-domestic buildings off the gas grid

LGA polling in June 2021 found that 73 per cent of respondents most trusted their local councils compared to 17 per cent that most trusted government when it came to local decision making. Based on the results of this polling, government should strongly consider forming a close working relationship with councils, via the LGA, to help facilitate consumers in making the right technical and economic choices.

LGA submission to Governments consultation on phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid

Councils want to work as partners with central government to tackle climate change and 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.

LGA submission to DEFRA consultation on Local Nature Recovery Strategies: how to prepare and what to include, 2 November 2021

The LGA welcomes the increased focus on Local Nature Recovery and reversing the decline of biodiversity as set out in the Environment Bill, but government needs to consider all the measures to enhance nature, set out in the Environment Bill holistically, so as not to miss opportunities of efficiency.

COP26 and the impact of air pollution on public health and wellbeing, House of Commons, 2 November 2021

Councils and Directors of Public Health are committed to making their local areas healthier places to live and are already delivering when it comes to tackling air pollution.

Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Second Reading House of Commons, 25 October 2021

The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill includes a range of provisions to improve the welfare of kept animals, including farm animals, companion animals, and kept wild animals. We support the objective of increasing animal welfare standards and eradicating cruel practices both domestically and internationally.

House of Commons debate, UK’s Climate Progress: The Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 Progress Report, 21 October 2021

Councils are a unique and powerful leadership and delivery partner in achieving Net Zero and adapting to climate change.

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