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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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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.

LGA response to Defra private consultation on exemptions and statutory guidance for simpler recycling in England

We are pleased that the Government has listened to the LGA and councils and decided not to significantly reduce the flexibilities in how councils collect waste from people’s homes.

LGA response to Defra’s consultation on additional policies related to Simpler Recycling in England

It is good to see that Defra’s recognises the need for urgency after a long period of delay, but decisions made without proper consideration of the evidence may have unforeseen consequences for councils.

LGA submission to Government’s Consultation on The Future Homes and Buildings Standards, 27 March 2024

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.

LGA submission to Defra consultation on reforming the producer responsibility system for waste electronic and electrical equipment 2023

Polluters, not councils, should pick up the cost of dealing with the increasingly complex and hazardous waste stream of electrical items.

LGA submission to Government’s Consultation on Heat Network Zoning, 26 February 2024

Councils need to play a pivotal role in effective energy system planning and operation at the sub national level. Councils, as planning authorities, shape place through the Local Plan making process and through location specific Masterplans.

Westminster Hall Debate, Fly Tipping, 6 February 2024

Fly-tipping is inexcusable. It is not only an eyesore for residents, but a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin. We are calling on Government to remove the cap on fixed penalty notices.

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Legislating to create a smokefree generation: LGA consultation response

The LGA's response to the Government's open consultation on creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping.

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LGA submission to Government's consultation on Heat Networks regulation: consumer protection, 27 October 2023

Around 50 per cent of heat network customers in the UK are living in social housing , including council housing. It is critical that councils’ experiences and concerns about heat networks are taken fully into account as regulation is developed to make sure it works for those it is trying to support.

LGA Response to Defra’s consultation on the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging and packaging waste) Regulations [2024]

The LGA’s response sets out our views on the draft regulations that will set up the new system of producer responsibility for packaging. This will require producers and manufacturers to pay councils for the cost of dealing with used packaging in household waste and recycling.

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