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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Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance. Consultation on the government’s proposals. LGA response.

The consultation and its proposals are wide ranging. In our response we will only comment on aspects of the consultation document that are of direct interest to local government.

The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill , House of Commons, 16 June 2021

It will be important that this funding is kept under review to ensure it is enough to meet demand and that guidance is published as soon as possible so that councils can set up schemes and ensure the new funding reaches businesses. Any new burdens due to administrative or IT costs should also covered by the Government.

Redmond Review response - Changes to the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015. LGA consultation response

While we do not agree with some of the recommendations of the Redmond Review, and others need further consideration, in our response to the review we outlined that a number of quick actions should be taken as soon as possible to have an immediate effect on the audit market.

Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities: LGA Consultation Response

The changes in the 2003 Local Government Act and 2003 Capital Finance Regulations that introduced the Prudential Code were a major step in freeing local government from centrally imposed borrowing controls

CIPFA Treasury Management in the Public Services: Code of Practice and Cross-Sectoral Guidance Notes. LGA consultation response.

The Treasury Management Code of Practice (“Treasury Management Code”) was introduced in 2001/02. Local authorities are required to “have regard” to the code in setting up and approving their Treasury Management arrangements.

Budget 2021 – On-the-Day Briefing

Our Budget 2021 On-the-Day briefing summarises the key announcements for councils and provides an initial LGA view

Response to Public Sector Audit and Appointments (PSAA) Consultation on the 2021/22 audit fee scale: Opted-in local government and police bodies

We welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposed new system for audit fee variations. This response has been cleared by lead members of the LGA’s Resources Board.

Final Local Government Finance Settlement House of Commons, 10 February 2021

The Local Government Finance Settlement has provided extra money to meet COVID-19 costs, new funding for adult and children’s social care and for councils with responsibility for services such as homelessness, planning, recycling and refuse collection, which will help meet cost and demand pressures next year.

Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No.2) Bill: Committee Stage, House of Lords, 4 February 2021

We welcome closer working between the VOA and local authorities. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals. The VOA and councils must receive additional funding to implement these changes.

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