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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Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill, Third Reading, House of Lords - 18 July 2018

We continue to engage extensively in discussions with the Government on the implementation of further business rates retention and the Fair Funding Review. These reforms are important and are something local government has called for.

Debate on the review of the business rates system, House of Commons, 13 June 2018

Alongside Council Tax, business rates represent the largest source of income for councils. In 2018/19 business rates are forecast to raise a total of £24.8 billion, of which about £12 billion is expected to be retained by councils under the current 50 per cent scheme.

LGA briefing: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords 4 June 2018

We are seeking assurances from the Government that this Bill will have no detrimental impact on local government.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill 2017-19, House of Commons, 23 April 2018

We are seeking assurances from the Government that this Bill will have no detrimental impact on local government.

Debate on reductions in local government funding - House of Commons, Wednesday 28 March 2018

Years of unprecedented funding reductions have had a significant impact on the local services our communities rely on, and the knock-on effect on other parts of the public sector.

Debate on the Final Local Government Finance Settlement 2018/19 - House of Commons Wednesday 7 February 2018

The final settlement includes an additional £190 million for local government, when compared to the indicative 2018/19 settlement announced this time last year.

The 2018-19 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement - response

Almost no new money from central government has been included in the settlement, although the Government has increased the general council tax referendum limit from 1.99 per cent to 2.99 per cent for 2018/19 and 2019/20. 

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2018/19 – On the Day Briefing

The local government finance settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government from central government. This briefing covers the consultation on the local government finance settlement for 2018/19. We expect the final 2018/19 settlement to be laid before the House of Commons, for its approval, in February 2018.

LGA Autumn Budget submission 2017

In this submission we detail the unfunded cost pressures facing local government and why, with many local services facing significant funding gaps, it is vital that the Budget recognises that councils cannot continue without sufficient and sustainable resources.

LGA Autumn Budget 2017 – On the Day Briefing

Read our Autumn Budget on-the-day briefing.

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